Analysis 06 Apr 17

Albania Coalition on Rocks Ahead of Elections

After four years in government, the alliance between Edi Rama’s Socialists and Ilir Meta’s LSI is in doubt, as both partners tire of each other and flirt with the opposition.

Fatjona Mejdini
Prime Minister, Edi Rama and the chairman of Parliament, Ilir Meta (above). Photo: LSA/Malton Dibra

Weeks before procedures start officially for the election of a new President - and almost two months before a general election - the political scene in Albania is increasingly troubled.

One reason is the complex, difficult relationship between the partners in the ruling coalition, the Socialist Party, led by Prime Minister Edi Rama, and the Socialist Movement for Integration, LSI, led by the speaker of parliament, Ilir Meta.

Rama and Meta have jointly led the centre-left coalition that has run the country for almost four years. But their relationship has turned bitter, as each party ponders whether to maintain the coalition or contest the next election on its own, or with new allies.

The situation has been further complicated by the fact that main opposition Democratic Party, led by Lulzim Basha, is threatening to boycott the general election set for June 18 unless Rama resigns and allows the formation of an “expert” government tasked with securing free and fair elections.

Subscribe to Balkan Insight Premium to read the full article.

Please login to your account below if you are already a Premium Subscriber.

Buy Premium Subscription

Our Premium Service gives you full access to all content published on, including analyses, investigations, comments, interviews and more. Choose your subscription today and get unparalleled in-depth coverage of the Western Balkans.

Buy Premium Subscription

If you have trouble logging in or any other questions regarding you account, please contact us

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest News from the Balkans

25 Jun 17

Albania Awaits General Elections Results

25 Jun 17

LIVE: Albanian General Elections 2017

25 Jun 17

Albanians Head To Polls To Elect New Rulers

Premium Selection

23 Jun 17

Albania Enjoys Calmest Ever Election Campaign

With an almost complete absence of posters and other campaign paraphernalia, Albania is witnessing the most decent and calm pre-election period in its history, experts say.

23 Jun 17

Romanian Top Filmmakers Fight for Reform

Hopes of comprehensive change to the film industry – deemed vital for this flourishing field - have suffered another blow after Romania’s parliament withdraw the reform legislation.