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Kosovo Court Suspends Deal Giving More Power To Serbs


Kosovo's Constitutional Court has suspended a deal with Serbia that would have given more powers to Serb-dominated areas in Kosovo, an agreement that has sparked violent opposition protests in Pristina for two months.

The ruling on November 11, which temporarily suspends any other legal act on the deal, follows a request by Kosovo’s President Atifete Jahjaga to calm tensions.

Kosovo's opposition has repeatedly disrupted parliament using tear gas, whistles, and eggs to demand that the government renounce the deal.

Opposition lawmakers also want the government to renounce a deal with Montenegro about border demarcation.

Those measures cannot become law unless voted upon by the parliament.

In its preliminary ruling, Kosovo’s Constitutional Court said it was suspending implementation of the legislation until it is able to give a final verdict -- probably in early January.

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said the decision was an unprecedented violation of an agreement reached in Brussels and is a "threat to regional stability."

Based on reportingbuy Reuters, AP, and AFP
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