Kosovo's Constitutional Court has turned down an opposition request to void the election of Hashim Thaci as the new president because of irregularities. The court said it had found no evidence of irregularities.

On Feb. 26, the Parliament elected Thaci, former foreign minister and ex-leader of the governing Democratic Party of Kosovo, as president in the absence of nearly all opposition lawmakers who earlier tried to disrupt the voting with tear gas.

The opposition has been disrupting the chamber since last September to protest a deal between Kosovo and Serbia that gives more powers to ethnic Serbs in Kosovo and one on a border demarcation pact with Montenegro.

Thaci assumes the post later this week.