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Kosovo's Parliament Resumes Session Without Opposition After Tear Gas

Tear Gas Again Disrupts Kosovo's Parliamenti
February 19, 2016
Opposition deputies used tear gas to drive their fellow lawmakers out of a session of parliament on February 19. The protest was one of many in recent months as the opposition demands the government's resignation. (RFE/RL's Kosovo Unit)
WATCH: Tear Gas Again Disrupts Kosovo's Parliament
By RFE/RL's Balkan Service

PRISTINA -- Kosovo's parliament has resumed work after its session was halted by opposition lawmakers who released tear gas in the chamber.

The speaker of parliament suspended 18 opposition lawmakers over the latest tear-gas disruption.

They were not allowed into the chamber for the resumed session.

Three opposition lawmakers also were detained by Kosovo police on February 19 after the tear gas was thrown.

Outside the parliament, several hundred opposition supporters gathered on February 19 to protest against the government and call for its resignation.

The opposition has repeatedly disrupted the legislature since September in an attempt to pressure Kosovo's government to renounce a deal with Belgrade that gives more autonomy to ethnic Serbs in Kosovo and which includes a border-demarcation agreement with Montenegro.

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