Kosovo set for February parliamentary election

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Kosovan President Fatmir Sejdiu announces his resignation, 27 September
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Fatmir Sejdiu resigned on 27 September

Kosovo's caretaker president, Jakup Krasniqi, has called an early parliamentary election for 13 February.

The vote is meant to resolve a crisis caused by the surprise resignation of President Fatmir Sejdiu last month.

Mr Sejdiu stepped down after a court ruling that he had breached the constitution by remaining the leader of a political party.

The vote will be the first general election since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

The decision is likely to delay for many months EU-sponsored talks with Serbia, which does not recognise Kosovo as an independent country.

The caretaker president said the negotiations could not take place in the current political atmosphere.