KOSOVAR PRESIDENT ASKS NEW PREMIER TO FORM GOVERNMENT.
Amid harsh condemnation from Belgrade, Kosovar President Fatmir Sejdiu has asked former guerilla commander and Prime Minister-designate Agim Ceku to form a new government, international news agencies reported on March 2. "The president requests that the nominated prime minister create a government based on the coalition agreement," a statement released by Sejdiu's office and quoted by Reuters said. Ceku, a former commander of the Kosova Liberation Army (UCK), was nominated by the Alliance for the Future of Kosova (AAK) to replace former Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi, who resigned on March 1 (see "RFE/RL Newsline," March 1, 2006). Serbia attacked Ceku's selection, noting that a 2002 arrest warrant accuses him of crimes against Serbia. "The Serbian government finds it absolutely unacceptable that a man who should be tried for war crimes could be elected to any political office," an unidentified Serbian government spokesman told Reuters. BW