Kosovo president will not step down

Kosovo’s newly elected president, Behgjet Pacolli, has said that he will not resign despite a court ruling that his election in February was not valid.

This content was published on March 31, 2011 minutes and agencies

In an apparent reversal of his original position, Pacolli, who holds dual Kosovan and Swiss citizenship, told a local radio station in Kosovo on Thursday that there was no need to resign while the coalition government figures out what to do.

On Wednesday he was reported to have stepped down from his post, after

Kosovo's nine-member Constitutional Court ruled that his election "was unconstitutional and shall no longer be in force".
The court said more than one candidate for the presidency was required for an election to be valid and at least two-thirds of parliament's 120 lawmakers had to be present. Only 67 participated in the election of Pacolli, who scraped through after three rounds of voting.

Most opposition members had walked out in protest at Pacolli’s nomination.

Pacolli, a multi-millionaire who owns a construction company based in canton Ticino, spoke cautiously about his political future on Thursday.

"I’m not sure I'll run again. It depends on the coalition," he said.

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