Albania. The contradictions were bitter before the
parliamentary elections in June. A conflict arose over the
composition of the electoral commission, the reliability of
the voting lists were questioned and accusations were made
about voting. Like previous elections, the upcoming
parliamentary elections were seen as a test of how mature
Albania was in order to enter into membership negotiations
with the EU.
Countryaah, Valalliances were formed around the two major parties
that have dominated in Albania since the fall of communism.
The ruling Democratic Party (PDS) was joined by 24 other
parties in a center-right bloc. The Socialist Party (PSSH)
formed an opposition alliance with 36 parties.
Despite great political contradictions, the parties'
election promises were similar: both promised economic
growth, tax reform and new jobs. Both were also hot
advocates of continued EU integration.
In connection with the election, one politician was
killed and another was wounded when gunfire erupted at an
election venue. Both sides quickly exclaimed victors. When
the official result was clear, it turned out that the
Socialist Party's alliance won by over 57% of the vote,
compared to just over 39% for the government alliance. After
a few days, Sali Berisha, who has been prime minister since
2005, admitted being defeated, thus reducing the risk of
continued worry. After the 2009 election, the socialists
refused to approve the result, and they largely boycotted
the work of Parliament for two years thereafter.
In September, the new government joined with socialist
leader Edi Rama, artist and former mayor of Tirana, as new