BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- The parliament of Yugoslavia's Kosovo province ousted its chairman and provincial premier today, ending purges in the leadership following bloody pro-Albanian riots last spring.
At its session in the provincial capital of Pristina, the Kosovo parliament adopted 'resignations' of parliamentary chairman Dusan Ristic and Premier Bahri Oruchi.
Ilija Vakiv, 51, a long-time Kosovo Communist Party official and president of the Yugoslav Economic Chamber in Belgrade, replaced Ristic as parliamentary chairman.
Riza Sapundzija, 56, replaced Oruchi as premier. Sapundzija, an economist from Kosovo, was general director of the Kosovo Bank and a Kosovo deputy premier.
The personnel changes virtually completed a clean-up drive in the Kosovo leadership after the anti-Yugoslav riots by ethnic Albanian extremists in April and May left at least nine dead and more than 250 injured in Pristina and throughout Kosovo, mosty populated by Yugoslav Albanians.
Kosovo autonomous province is part of Serbia -- one of Yugoslavia's six constituent republics. Yugoslav Albanian extremists, pulicly supported by neighboring Albania, have demanded that Kosovo be upgraded to a republic but Yugoslav authorities bluntly reject it as an attack against the Yugoslav constitution.