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University head quits over protests

Kosovo's top most senior university official has resigned from his post following days of clashes between police and protesters who accused him and other staff of faking their teaching credentials.

Ibrahim Gashi made the announcement yesterday on Kosovo's public broadcaster, RTK.

He blamed the events on Kosovo's political opposition parties. Mr Gashi's appointment was backed by the ruling coalition.

For over a week demonstrators, mostly students, said university president Mr Gashi and dozens of staff published research in dubious journals abroad.

Police in riot gear clashes with protesters outside Mr Gashi's offices in the capital Pristina. Dozens of police and protesters were injured.

More demonstrations are expected next week as protest organisers demand all teaching staff credentials are scrutinised by an independent body.

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