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Kosovo Opposition Pitches Tents In Central Pristina, Calls For New Elections

A man walks past tents set up by supporters of opposition parties in front of the Kosovo government building in Pristina on February 23

Hundreds of opposition supporters have installed tents in the center of Kosovo's capital, demanding the government's resignation.

Visar Ymeri, head of the opposition Self-Determination party, said on February 23 that the protesters would stay in front of the main government building on Pristina's main square until the government resigns and new elections are declared.

"Kosovo cannot be governed by politicians who have endangered the country's sovereignty," Ymeri said.

Kosovo's opposition has organized street protests since September and repeatedly disrupted the work of parliament with tear gas and pepper spray in an attempt to pressure the government to renounce an EU-brokered agreement with Belgrade.

The deal gives more autonomy to ethnic Serbs in Kosovo and includes a border-demarcation agreement with Montenegro.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters