Kosovo president resigns, could impact Serbia talks

PRISTINA, Sept 27 Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:43am EDT

PRISTINA, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Kosovo's President Fatmir Sejdiu announced his resignation on Monday following a constitutional court ruling last week that he cannot serve as head of state and leader of his political party simultaneously.

Kosovo's president is elected by parliament and has a mainly ceremonial role, but local analysts say the resignation could destabilise the fragile political scene ahead of upcoming talks between the former Serbian province and Belgrade.

Sejdiu, a 58-year-old former law professor, was elected president for the second time in 2008 but remained at the helm of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), the second largest party and junior coalition partner in Prime Minister Hashim Thaci's government. (Reporting by Fatos Bytyci; editing by Adam Tanner)