Analysis 28 Jun 17

Albanian Opposition Leader Faces Revolt After Defeat

Following the disastrous result of the Democratic Party in the recent election, Lulzim Basha’s position is under threat.

Fatjona Mejdini
PD leader, Lulzim Basha speaking on Tuesday about his future within the party. Photo: Basha's Facebook

Lulzim Basha, leader of Albania’s main opposition Democratic Party, PD, has frozen his functions in the party following its disastrous defeat in the June 25 general election. 

On Tuesday, Basha blamed the poor result on vote-buying but said he assumed responsibility for the setback and was freezing his mandate as party chairman, opening the way for a new competition for the post of party leader in July in which he would compete with his platform. 

“Where I have made mistakes, or how much I have mistaken, will not be determined by me or by those who didn't work any single day for a win for the PD - but is going to be decided by the Democrats,” he said.

The Democrats faced a storm on Tuesday when the Central Electoral Commission announced the final preliminary results.

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