Kosovo's Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said on Friday he was resigning after being called to The Hague war crimes court linked to the Serbian breakaway province's violent independence struggle, Reuters reports.
Member of the opposition Ramush Haradinaj addresses Kosovo lawmakers during a debate passing constitutional amendments that would allow the establishment of a special court to prosecute its top leaders and former guerrilla fighters for war crimes in capital Pristina on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015.
He told reporters that he had agreed to be interviewed by the body and that "I considered that I can not go to the questioning as head of the government".
This marks the second time Haradinaj has stepped down from the prime minister's seat as a result of accusations from The Hague.
On Friday, Ramush Haradinaj said he agreed to be interviewed at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor's Office next week and did not want to appear there as prime minister.
"I chose the latter", he added. In 2005 he was indicted by the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal for former Yugoslavia.
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"Responsibility now goes to the president to start consultations to set the date of the (general) election".
The Specialist Chamber was set up in 2015 to try ex-Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) guerrillas for alleged atrocities in the war of 1998-99 that led to independence from Serbia.
Mr Haradinaj served as a commander of the KLA during the war with Serbia.
"I believe in the purity of the war of the Kosovo Liberation Army and I believe in the high moral values of the soldiers who fought for freedom", Thaci said in a statement.
His current term as prime minister began in September 2017.
Kosovo made a unilateral declaration of independence in 2008 and it is recognized by the United States and most of the west, but not by Serbia and its allies Russian Federation and China.