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Albanian lawmakers launch investigation to oust president

Jul. 8, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's opposition parties resumed anti-government protests Monday after their boycott of June 30 municipal elections, which were mostly won by the governing Socialists. Opposition parties have organized protests since mid-February to air accusations that the Socialist government...

Albania's ruling Socialists win local polls overwhelmingly

Jul. 3, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Preliminary results show that Albania's ruling Socialist Party won all but two districts in last weekend's municipal elections that were boycotted by the opposition. Counting on the website of the Central Election Commission, the body that monitors the elections, showed that s the...

Albania president denounces municipal elections

Jul. 2, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president on Tuesday denounced Sunday's municipal elections as a "farce" and urged new polls to resolve the country's political crisis. President Ilir Meta had tried to cancel the elections, saying they would be undemocratic without the participation of Albania's...

Albanians vote with no trouble after fears of poll clashes

Jun. 30, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Voters cast ballots without disruption Sunday in Albania, where opposition leaders had threatened to interfere with municipal elections they boycotted as part of an anti-government protest campaign that earlier produced injuries and arrests. Albanian President Ilir Meta moved to...

The Latest: Albania polls close without feared clashes

Jun. 30, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Latest on disputed municipal elections in Albania (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Election Day clashes that were expected in Albania haven't materialized so far as opposition supporters held only small, brief rallies. Independent analyst Lutfi Dervishi said of the municipal...

AP Explains: Sudden importance of Albania's local elections

Jun. 29, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's local elections on Sunday are taking on more importance than usual as a test of democracy in the ex-communist state that hopes to start membership negotiations with the European Union. The opposition, supported by the country's president, is boycotting the vote over its...

Albania's local election is a test for its democracy

Jun. 28, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's municipal elections don't normally provoke much interest beyond the country's border, but the holding of this weekend's vote — or failure to do so — appears decisive for the tiny Western Balkan country in its bid to start full membership negotiations with the...

Albania president, prime minister in conflict over elections

Jun. 27, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's political conflict took another twist Thursday as the president announced what he said was a new date for municipal elections while the prime minister and his governing Socialists insisted the votes would go ahead as scheduled this weekend. President Ilir Meta said the vote...

Albania's president rejects ruling to hold local elections

Jun. 25, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president criticized election officials Tuesday for ruling in favor of holding municipal elections he tried to cancel, alleging "political pressure and blackmail" influenced the decision. President Ilir Meta said that full membership negotiations with the European Union...

Albania's Electoral College orders go-ahead of local polls

Jun. 24, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's top legal election institution on Monday decided in favor of holding municipal elections this weekend, turning down a move from the country's president to cancel them. The five-judge Electoral College ruled unanimously that a small political party, which had asked to...