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NDS MP candidate seriously injured in assault

A candidate of the New Democratic Spirit Party (NDS) has been seriously injured in the southern region of Fier, following a physical assault the NDS says was politically motivated. The NDS is an opposition center-right party  led by former President

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Four local government units to hold partial elections on June 23

On June 23, 2013, when Albania holds general elections, inhabitants of four local government units in Albania will also vote to elect new mayors and heads of communes after their resignation due to running for seats in parliament. The special

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OSCE interim report: CEC, political polarization remain top concerns

In an interim report published two weeks ahead of the June 23 elections in Albania, the OSCE/ODIHR observation mission notes that the Central Election Commission and political polarization and mistrust between the two major parties remain the top concerns. Since

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Lead parties make unrealistic promises about employment

With employment being on top of the agenda during this electoral campaign, Albania’s two largest parties running for the June 23 general elections promise to create 250,000 to 300,000 jobs in the next four years. Under current employment trends and

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First electoral campaign incidents registered

With the campaign for Albania’s June 23 parliamentary elections now in full swing, there have been several incidents involving those participating in the campaign. These ranged from burglaries at an electoral office, damage of posters and billboards to more serious crimes

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Consensus reached on EU integration laws ahead of elections

In a special session summoned just before the dissolution of parliament ahead of the June 23 general elections, Albania’s major parties put an end to a year-long debate over the approval of three laws required by the European Commission to

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EU says elections to be test for democracy, EU path

The European Union says the June 23 general elections will be a test for the smooth functioning of the country’s democratic institutions and progress on the EU integration path. EU ambassador to Tirana Ettore Sequi appealed for particular focus on

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OSCE/ODIHR launches observation mission

Speaking at a press conference, OSCE/ODIHR observers clarified they won’t play arbiter in any potential disagreement over results and election administration. Electoral observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the

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Local watchdog group calls for solution to CEC impasse

Few days ahead of the official launch of the campaign for the June 23 general elections, the Coalition of Local Observers, a watchdog group of NGOs monitoring Albania’s elections, has called on the country’s two top political leaders to give

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Top parties fined €100,000 in total for failing to respect women’s quota

Albania’s Central Election Commission (CEC) has fined the top three parties running for the June 23 general elections a total of 14 million lek (around €100,000) for failing to respect the gender quota for women MP candidates in the country’s 12

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