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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kosovo presidential election ruled unconstitutional
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On March 28, 2011, Kosovo's Constitutional Court declared the March 2011 presidential election of Behgjet Pacolli unconstitutional. The ruling was in response to allegations by opposition parliamentarians that there were irregularities in the voting process. The decision was a majority vote by the court, with two judges dissenting in the judgment. In its judgment, the court referred to the guiding principles for elections in Kosovo, which are found in Article 86 of the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo. This marked the second time that circumstances regarding a presidential election have been declared unconstitutional since Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008. The country is still embroiled in many proceedings that stemmed from The Kosovo War between 1998-1999.

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