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CEC turns down SMI request amid controversy over quorum

Albania’s Central Election Commission has ruled against a complaint filed by the Socialist Movement for Integration over irregularities in the northeastern region of Kukes,  arguing that insufficient evidence had been submitted. The Monday decision took place amid a debate that CEC lacked

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SMI files complaint over election results in Kukes County

Albania’s third largest party, the Socialist Movement for Integration, says it has filed a complaint with the Central Election Commission over election results in the northeastern county of Kukes, claiming that irregularities in ballot counting stripped it of an MP

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Election results known and accepted, but not yet official

One week after the June 23 general elections, Albania knows the winner of the elections but has no official results, and there is no deadline on when the whole process will end. More than two months after a pre-electoral political

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SP, SMI reach deal over PM, Parliament Speaker posts

 After claiming a landslide victory in the June 23 general election, the opposition Socialist Party  and its key ally, the Socialist Movement for Integration, have agreed that SP leader Edi Rama will be the country’s new prime minister while SMI

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‘I will be your prime minister and your chief servant,’ Rama says in victory speech

The Socialist Party-led coalition, which achieved a landslide victory in Albania’s June 23 general elections, accepts the victory with humility and is ready to work hard to meet challenges ahead, the coalition leader and prime minister nominee, Edi Rama, said in his

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IN DEPTH: Parties conclude electoral campaign driven by economic concerns

Rallies in three cities mark the end of the Albanian electoral campaign. The governing Democrats based their campaign on achievements in the last eight years, while the opposition Socialists vow to fight corruption and return to a progressive tax system

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CEC cancels e-counting pilot project in Fier region

The Central Election Commission has cancelled a contract with Spanish company INDRA, which had been tasked to carry out the electronic counting of ballots in Fier County, which has the second highest number of voters in Albania. The electronic counting

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In campaign mode, PM inaugurates second term’s largest infrastructure project

One week ahead of the June 23 general elections, the prime minister has inaugurated a massive double-bore tunnel, part of a highway linking Tirana to the central Albanian city of Elbasan. The tunnel, which cuts travel time to Elbasan and

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Opposition demands probe into alleged vote-buying practices

Dibra rejects accusations by the SP official as defamatory and calls on justice institutions to unveil the truth. The opposition Socialist Party says it has filed an official request asking that the Tirana Prosecutor’s Office start an investigation against Gazemend Dibra, the

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Gov’t announces compensation increases ahead of elections

With just a few days to go before the June 23 general elections, Prime Minister Sali Berisha has announced a wage increase for public sector workers, a pension hike for those drawing social security benefits as well as a new

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