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- The parliamentary elections that will be held this Sunday, June 25, 2017, are unique in Albania's recent history. They are the most unpredictable and the calmest since the fall of communism. They are also a paradox as elections go. And they are not necessarily the most democratic elections that have ever been held.
These unprecedented circumstances ...more
It is understandable that in a small country like Albania foreign policy is not going to get much attention on the campaign trail. That’s even more the case in a small country that is poor, has frighteningly high unemployment and has a state system that is so weak it cannot guarantee its citizens the basics ...more
- With the electoral campaign already underway after the overcome of a 3-month political deadlock, all three major parties, including the Socialist Party and the Socialist Movement for Integration which led the country for the past four years are offering lower taxes for the upcoming June 25 general elections. The move of the two left parties ...more
- Voters across Albania are heading to the polling stations today to elect their local government leaders – 61 new mayors through a direct vote and 1,610 members of the local municipal councils though a closed-list party vote.
Voting started at 7 a.m. and will end at 7 p.m. About 3.3 million Albanians are eligible to vote, ...more
- With the electoral campaign for the June 21 local elections in full gear, mayoral candidates for the municipality of Tirana, home to a third of the country’s population, have focused much of their attention on economic issues like employment and taxes, which are also the top concern for voters, according to surveys.
Six candidates are running ...more
- Political parties in Albania have kicked their mayoral electoral campaigns into full gear, making promises of thousands of jobs, tens of expensive projects, including new schools and infrastructure.
The largest mayoral race in terms of number of voters and political importance is Tirana, where Erion Veliaj of the governing Socialists runs against Halim Kosova of the ...more
- Several civil society organizations involved in the upcoming electoral process for the mayoral elections, have joined forces to assist each-other with information, tools and volunteers to appropriately monitor the process.
The coalition, to be known as the Electoral Chamber, will observe the electoral process during the campaign, election day and the tabulation of results.
The organizations work ...more
- Albania is covered in 90,000 tons of communist-era deadly asbestos – and there is little public awareness of the risks or proper tracking of the resulting deadly diseases, environmentalists say.
Asbestos-cement tiles were widely used in Albania before 1990.
As tourists looked for a Riviera-bound bus under Tirana's scorching August sun, dust rose from the mud ...more
- Many Albanian university graduates in social sciences can only find jobs in call centres. (Photo: Wikimedia)
Concern is growing in Albania over the quality of the education system and its effects on massive unemployment, particularly among young people, international and local experts say.
The World Bank’s regional director, Ellen Goldstein, said at a recent high-level conference ...more
- Albanian government raises alarm, vows to act, as international study
finds hundreds of Albanian children are being exploited by parents and
other adults to work as street beggars and drug harvesters.
By MEGI LLUBANI*
A considerable number of street children in Albania are increasingly exploited by their parents and other adults and forced into begging or working illegally, according to ...more