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Boris Tadic (file photo) (epa)
November 10, 2006 -- Serbian President Boris Tadic today called for early parliamentary elections to be held in January.
"I am announcing the decision to call elections for the parliament of the Republic of Serbia for January 21, 2007," he said.
The early vote is seen as necessary after this week's adoption of a new constitution and after a decision earlier this year by Montenegro, Serbia's last partner from the former Yugoslavia, to declare independence.
Meanwhile, the United Nations said today it would postpone a decision on the future status of Kosovo until after Serbian parliamentary elections. UN special envoy Maarti Ahtisaari made the announcement, adding that a decision on Kosovo would be made "without delay" after the elections.
The majority ethnic Albanian population of Kosovo has been calling for independence
from Serbia since NATO forces drove Serbian troops from the province in a 1999 bombing campaign. The province has been under UN administration since then.