Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Albania, Albania....

.... you border on the Adriatic.

"Violence erupts in Albania election" Associated Press, June 24, 2013

TIRANA, Albania — Albania’s national elections were marred by violence Sunday after an exchange of gunfire wounded a candidate and killed a supporter of a rival party, tainting what had been a largely peaceful campaign and threatening to undermine the country’s bid to join the European Union.

The violence near a polling station, which drew condemnation from an EU official, added to the existing uncertainty surrounding the election.

Though the leader of the main Socialist Party has claimed victory, it is unclear when the results will be announced because the body that oversees elections in the Balkan country does not have enough members to constitutionally certify the results. However, the law mandates they be revealed no later than three days after the polling.

Election day was been overshadowed by the violence....


"Albanian premier concedes election defeat" Associated Press, June 27, 2013

TIRANA, Albania — The conservative prime minister who has dominated post-communist politics in Albania conceded election defeat late Wednesday, taking personal responsibility for the heavy loss to the rival Socialists after losing the support of fed-up voters.

Seems to be a phenomena sweeping the Globe.

Sali Berisha, who had been seeking a third straight term as prime minister in Sunday’s general election, also announced to party supporters he would step down as leader of his center-right Democratic Party.

The 68-year-old’s party was beaten handily. With nearly all of the votes counted, Socialist Edi Rama was ahead with 53 percent, compared with 36 percent for the Democrats.

Berisha was hurt by Rama’s anticorruption focus as the country struggles to weather the effects of recessions in nearby Greece and Italy, where many Albanian migrants work to provide remittances back to their impoverished country.


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