Home Page
 
News 28 Jan 13

Albanian Parties Trade Jibes Ahead of Elections

Albania’s Socialists accused the ruling Democrats of planning to rig the June 23 polls while the governing party claimed the opposition was trying to spark another crisis.

Besar Likmeta
BIRN
Tirana

As the political environment heated up ahead of the parliamentary elections, Socialist Party leader Edi Rama said the government was planning to rig the vote because the ruling Democrats were behind in opinion polls.

“Our poll data shows that the Democrats will secure less than 60 MPs [in the 140-member chamber] at the June 23 elections,” Rama said during the party’s national assembly on Saturday.

“In these conditions, it is perfectly understandable but also worthy of condemnation that they want to oppose us unconstitutionally and by force,” he said.

Berisha hit back on Monday by accusing the Socialist leader of plotting to delegitimise the election process and contest the results, as he did after the last parliamentary polls in 2009.

“I have all the information that Rama is preparing the same script as in 2009,” Berisha said during a meeting of his Democratic Party's parliamentary group.

“We will hold elections to international standards, but never according to Rama’s standards,” he added.

The Socialist opposition maintains that the 2009 parliamentary elections were marred by fraud, while the government hailed them as the best elections the country has ever seen.

After the contested polls, the opposition boycotted parliament for nearly a year, sparking a divisive political crisis which culminated in riots on January 21, 2011, during which four of its supporters were killed.

Albania has long history of elections that did not meet international standards and ended in political disputes.

The June 23 polls are seen as another key test for the country’s already battered aspirations for EU membership.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Related Headlines:

us-senate-approves-montenegro-as-nato-member-03-28-2017
28 Mar 17

US Senate Approves Montenegro as NATO Member

Montenegro has moved closer to becoming a NATO member after the US Senate approved the country’s admission into the military alliance.

28 Mar 17

Serbia’s New President: Who Will It Be?

Premium Selection

serbia-s-new-president-who-will-it-be--03-26-2017
28 Mar 17

Serbia’s New President: Who Will It Be?

Eleven men are competing to become Serbia’s head of state, promising higher living standards, life without fear and an end to party employment - but whether something will really change remains to be seen.

no-deradicalisation-schemes-for-bosnian-terror-convicts-03-28-2017
28 Mar 17

No Deradicalisation Schemes for Bosnian Terror Convicts

Because of a lack of resources, Bosnians convicted of fighting for radical Islamist groups abroad are not helped to ‘deradicalise’ in jail or to reintegrate into society after their release.