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Kosovo opposition tries to disrupt president's inauguration

  • Kosovo's new president Hashim Thaci sits after a hand over ceremony in Kosovo capital Pristina on Thursday. April 7, 2016. Thaci, 47, who replaces Atifete Jahjaga, was elected in Parliament on Feb. 26 in the absence of nearly all opposition lawmakers who earlier tried to disrupt the voting with tear gas. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Kosovo's new president Hashim Thaci sits after a hand over ceremony in Kosovo capital Pristina on Thursday. April 7, 2016. Thaci, 47, who replaces Atifete Jahjaga, was elected in Parliament on Feb. 26 in the absence of nearly all opposition lawmakers who earlier tried to disrupt the voting with tear gas. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kosovo's new president Hashim Thaci addresses lawmakers after he assumed his post in a swearing-in ceremony, at the Parliament that the opposition boycotted in Kosovo's capital Pristina on Thursday. Apr. 7, 2016. Thaci, 47, who replaces Atifete Jahjaga, was elected in Parliament on Feb. 26 in the absence of nearly all opposition lawmakers who earlier tried to disrupt the voting with tear gas. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Kosovo's new president Hashim Thaci addresses lawmakers after he assumed his post in a swearing-in ceremony, at the Parliament that the opposition boycotted in Kosovo's capital Pristina on Thursday. Apr. 7, 2016. Thaci, 47, who replaces Atifete Jahjaga, was elected in Parliament on Feb. 26 in the absence of nearly all opposition lawmakers who earlier tried to disrupt the voting with tear gas. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kosovo's newly elected President Hashim Thaci, left, receives the Kosovo constitution from outgoing President Atifete Jahjaga,during the Presidential inauguration ceremony in Pristina on Friday April 8, 2016. Opposition supporters in Kosovo launched tear gas Friday to try to disrupt the inauguration ceremony for the country's new president, Hashim Thaci. (Armend Nimani, Pool via AP)

    Kosovo's newly elected President Hashim Thaci, left, receives the Kosovo constitution from outgoing President Atifete Jahjaga,during the Presidential inauguration ceremony in Pristina on Friday April 8, 2016. Opposition supporters in Kosovo launched tear gas Friday to try to disrupt the inauguration ceremony for the country's new president, Hashim Thaci. (Armend Nimani, Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Opposition supporters have launched tear gas to try to disrupt the inauguration ceremony for the new president, Hashim Thaci.

Canisters were launched before the start of the ceremony at Pristina's main Skenderbeg Square Friday. It later continued normally.

Thaci, 47, assumed his post Thursday in a swearing-in ceremony at the Parliament.

The opposition boycotted that, as well as the vote Feb. 26, which it also tried to disrupt with tear gas. Its later request to void the voting was turned down by the Constitutional Court.

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 another on a border demarcation pact with Montenegro.