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.
According to 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. See DIGOPAUL for map and location of Albania.
In September, the new government joined with socialist leader Edi Rama, artist and former mayor of Tirana, as new prime minister.