Kosovo's Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi has resigned, following intense pressure from his own party.

Mr. Kosumi faced mounting criticism from the ruling coalition, which viewed him as an ineffective leader.

One of several political parties in the province, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, has suggested that President Fatmir Sejdiu nominate a former key member of the ethnic Albanian guerrilla movement, the Kosovo Liberation Army, Agim Ceku for the post.

The party says it believes Ceku would be dedicated to the pursuit of an independent Kosovo.

The outgoing prime minister was a key figure in the United Nations-mediated talks on the future of the Serbian province.

Kosovo has been under U.N. administration since 1999, when NATO airstrikes drove out Serbian security forces after violence against ethnic Albanians.

The region's ethnic Albanian majority is pressing for independence from Serbia - a demand that Serbs strongly oppose.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.