Serbian Prime Minister Kostunica resigns over Kosovo

March 8th, 2008 - 11:27 pm ICT by admin  

Belgrade, March 8 (DPA) Nationalist Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica resigned Saturday, two days after his coalition partners turned down a resolution that aimed to block the country’s progress toward European Union membership. “The government no more has a common policy regarding a most important issue and a government which has no common policy cannot function,” Kostunica told a press conference. “It is the end of the government.”

Kostunica said he had no more confidence that his coalition partners were “honestly” trying to keep the breakaway province Kosovo within Serbia.

He said his cabinet would meet Monday to ask it to dissolve the parliament.

He said Serbia would “most rationally” hold early parliamentary elections May 11, together with municipal polls and elections for authorities in Vojvodina, Serbia’s northern province.

The outgoing cabinet took over after early elections in January 2007.

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