Albania’s Socialist-led coalition continues strong lead

With around a quarter of nationwide ballots already counted, Albania’s opposition Socialist Party-led coalition has a clear lead over the governing Democratic Party-led coalition in the country’s general elections.

If the trend of the results hold, Socialist leader Edi Rama is going to be Albania's new prime minister. (SP photo)

If the trend of the results holds, Socialist leader Edi Rama is going to be Albania’s new prime minister. (SP photo)

Data published by Albania’s Central Election Commission by 2 p.m. Monday showed the Socialist Party-led coalition headed by former Tirana Mayor Edi Rama has a clear lead in all major regions, including northern regions such as Shkodra and Lezha, which are traditional strongholds of the ruling Democratic Party of incumbent Prime Minister Sali Berisha.

The Socialist Movement for Integration, a party headed by former Prime Minister Ilir Meta, appears to  have been a major contributor to the left’s victory, with around 7 to 10 percent of the vote in key regions coming for that party. SMI had been in the governing coalition with the ruling Democratic Party for the past four years but it recently switched sides to join Rama’s Socialists.

Converted into MP numbers, if the results keep the same trend, the left-wing coalition would get at least 80 MPs in the 140-seat Albanian Parliament.

Albania’s Central Election Commission reported some 1,309 ballot boxes or 23.77 percent of the total 5,508 ballots had been counted by 2 p.m. Monday. CEC reported a preliminary voter turnout of around 50 percent at the end of the voting process on Sunday at 7 p.m.

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