Win for Albanian Socialists in municipal elections

epa07684162 An elderly Albanian woman casts her vote at a polling station in Tirana, Albania, 30 June 2019. Albanians headed to the polls for local elections. EPA-EFE/MALTON DIBRA

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Preliminary results show that Albania’s ruling Socialist Party won all but two districts in last weekend’s municipal elections that were boycotted by the opposition.

Counting on the website of the Central Election Commission, showed that s the Socialists lost all but two of the 61 districts contested — one to an ethnic Greek minority party, the other to the Christian Democratic Party.

The opposition has claimed that the low turnout of 21.6% showed that Sunday’s elections were unconstitutional and illegal.

President Ilir Meta had tried to cancel the elections, saying they would be undemocratic without the participation of Albania’s opposition but the elections still went ahead on orders of the Prime Minister Edi Rama.


Via Washington Post


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