Kosovo’s president, Hashim Thaci, has abruptly resigned saying that a court in The Hague has indicted him for war crimes.

His announcement came within hours of the arrest of a former president, Jakup Krasniqi, who was swiftly taken to The Hague. Amnesty International praised the move.

In both cases, the inquiry relates to Kosovo’s war of independence against Serbia in 1998 and 1999. Mr Krasniqi faces charges of crimes against humanity.

A prosecutor of a special court in The Hague has accused the Kosovo leader of being “criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders,” as well as torture and disappearances.

Parliament’s speaker Vjosa Osmani will act as stand-in president before a new leader is elected.