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Kosovo Parliament Ousts Government In No-Confidence Vote

Kosovo governmental building in Pristina.
Kosovo's parliament has overwhelmingly backed a no-confidence motion, bringing down the government that led the country to independence from Serbia in 2008 and triggering early elections.

The vote follows a decision by Prime Minister Hashim Thaci's main coalition partner, the Democratic League of Kosovo, to leave the government and bring an end to its partnership with Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo.

Friction between the two partners that oversaw Kosovo's secession from Serbia has plagued the government and crippled its work for months.

According to the Kosovo constitution, passing a no-confidence vote triggers snap elections to be held within 45 days.

compiled from agency reports