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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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Changing earlier results, CEC ruling gives disputed Lezha MP seat to Democrats

Albania’s Central Election Commission has decided in favor of a complaint by the Democratic Party, ruling that preliminary results were wrong in the northern Lezha County and a seat earlier awarded to the Socialists should be given to the Democrats

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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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Socialists take first steps in transition to new government

Socialist Party leader Edi Rama, who will take over as Albania’s new chief executive following the landslide election win, is taking the first steps in transitioning into the role of leading the new government, which will be formed in early

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Police chief suspended for political comments following election

Erzen Brecani, Tirana’s deputy police chief, has been suspended from duty, following the publication of political comments on his Facebook page against Albania’s newly-elected prime minister. Brecani’s Facebook page contained a comment calling for supporters of incumbent Prime Minister Sali Berisha to

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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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IN DEPTH: Landslide election marks new start for Albania

In vote that appears to have been a referendum for breaking with the past, Albanians have voted a new generation of leaders in power, handing the Socialist-led coalition a three-fifths majority in parliament. Edi Rama will be the country’s prime

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Marking end of an era, Berisha concedes defeat, congratulates winners, resigns as Democratic Party leader

Bringing in a new era into how elections are held in Albania, incumbent Prime Minister Sali Berisha has gracefully accepted defeat, congratulated the election winners and resigned as Democratic Party leader after 22 years at the helm. “I’ve always vowed

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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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