Analysis 17 May 17

Albanian Parties Negotiating End Of Political Stalemate

Analysts in Tirana believe that postponing the election date and changes in government are acceptable, but the opposition should pledge to implement judicial reform.


Fatjona Mejdini
US official Hoyt Brian Yee (left) and leader of opposition Lulzim Basha on Monday in Tirana. Photo: LSA/Malton Dibra

Political parties undertook negotiations in Tirana on Tuesday in order to try to break a political stalemate. Among the issues at stake are the postponement of the June 18 election and changes to the cabinet.

Following a visit from US State Department official Hoyt Brian Yee, the ruling majority Socialist Party, PS, and opposition Democratic Party, PD see the present moment as the last chance to create elections that will include all political parties in the process.

While he didn't put forward a new consensus package, he has pushed the parties to try and do their best to find ways to make the next election work, emphasising that “all efforts will be made to have the participation of all parties.”

PD and allied parties refused to register for the June 18 elections making their presence in the process very difficult if the projected date doesn't change.

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