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Parliamentary elections, Socialist Party secured 74 seats in Parliament to govern alone

Parliamentary elections were held on June 25. The election result was declared 47 hours after the election process. The Chairman of the Central Election Commission, Klement Zguri declared the election results in a press conference yesterday, declaring: “One-million-six-hundred-thirteen-thousand-and-eighty-seven eligible voters …

The speech of victory, Prime Minister pledges to rule the country without party distinctions

Prime Minister and chairman of Socialist Party, Edi Rama, gave the victory speech yesterday afternoon at Scanderbeg square, where the victory celebration for winning the June 25 elections was held. Prime Minister Edi Rama addressed his supporters saying that he …

Exit poll, Ora News & IPR Marketing predicted the election result correctly

After the voting ballots were closed on Sunday June 25th at 8 pm, Ora News presented the results of the exit poll conducted by IPR marketing and Ora News. The director of IPR Marketing, Antonio Noto publicized the results, declaring …

Election process, OSCE observers: Election Day proceeded in a mostly orderly manner

One day after the elections, the OSCE presence issued its preliminary report, drafted based on the findings of 304 international observers, who monitored the whole electoral process. The statement says: “The 25 June parliamentary elections in Albania took place following …

US and EU on elections, US Embassy: Voting was conducted efficiently and peacefully

The US embassy to our country and the European Union reacted to election process in Albania. The United States Embassy issued a statement to the media congratulating the citizens of Albania for exercising their democratic right to vote in the …

DP chairman on elections, Lulzim Basha gave up from his competences

The Democratic Party chairman Lulzim Basha, has not resigned from the position of the Democratic Party leaders after the defeat in parliamentary elections, but he has given up his competences and has ordered the two vice chairmen and the party’s …

Prayer for Eid-al Fitr, believers will hold their morning prayer at Skanderbeg Square

Tomorrow is an important day, not only because it is Election day, but also because Muslim believers celebrate Eid-al Fitr. This year the gathering of Muslim prayer for Eid al-Fitr will be held at Skanderbeg Square, after having held the …

Eid-al Fitr and election, head of Muslim community calls on people to vote

As Election Day this year coincides with Eid-al Fitr, the head of the Muslim community, Skënder Brucaj, felt the need to call on believers to exert their right to vote. The head of the Muslim community issued an appeal to …

There are still problems, coalition of local observers: Campaigns lacked policies

Speaking of the observers, a day before the Election Day, the coalition of local observers publicized its findings for the electoral campaign. The coalition of local observers noticed that the political parties have not made public any documents outlining electoral …

CEC is ready, CEC Chairman: Criminal proceedings for any violation

The Chairman of the Central Election Commission has called on all commissioners to engage accordingly for a fair electoral process. In a media outlet, the CEC chairman said that the Central Election Commission will not tolerate those who try to …

Maintenance of elections, Minister of Interior calls on state police to follow the law

The Minister of Interior, Dritan Demiraj, the Albanian State Police Director, Haki Çako and the Prosecutor General, Adriatik Llalla, today issued the last piece of guidance for the electoral process. The three officials issued the message that the implementation of …

Tomorrow’s election, Task Force approved the plan for measures

An announcement was made today by the Vice Prime Minister’s press office regarding the government’s Task Force set up to review the electoral process. The government’s task force has approved the plan for measures to be taken for tomorrow’s parliamentary …

Financial times for Albania, FT: PM hopes to be returned to office, pledging more progress

The Financial Times has dedicated an article to Albania before the June 25 elections. The international daily newspaper says that the election is taking place against a background of international concern about the growing political instability in the Balkans and …

Explosion at the SMI’s office, Durres, explosion occurred, only material damage

This morning an explosive detonated outside an electoral office of the Socialist Movement for Integration in Durres, causing only material damage. Police went to the scene immediately but the suspects have not yet been identified. According to police, it was …

A letter to citizens, Mayor calls on Tirana citizens to vote for Edi Rama

Two days before parliamentary elections, Tirana’s mayor Erion Veliaj has addressed a letter to the citizens of Tirana, asking them to vote for Edi Rama, giving him a second mandate. Thanking the citizens for giving him the opportunity the citizens …

Projects of the new republic, DP Chairman: Vote for number 6 for a better future

The Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha closed the electoral campaign in Laç today, calling on the citizens to vote for Democratic Party, as the only alternative for the future. After listing all the projects the new republic will undertake, the …

Ilir Meta at ‘Arena’, Meta excluded any possibility to form a coalition with PM

With only three days before the Election Day, Assembly Speaker, and President-elect, Ilir Meta was invited on our political program “Arena”. Even though he formed a coalition with Prime Minister Edi Rama and together they ruled the country for 4 …

PM’s message, Rama calls on socialists and democrats to vote for SP

Prime Minister Edi Rama, through a live facebook video from Vlora, called on the Albanian people to vote for the Socialist Party, regardless of their political belief. “I cannot stay without saying some last words, especially to those who have …

Parties violate the law, CEC in difficulty: Parties do not propose commissioners

Only two days away from Election Day, the chairman of the Central Election Commission, Klement Zguri, declared that the commission is in trouble because of the political parties’ behavior, stating: “Political parties are misusing the rights they have in an …

Participation in campaign, Ministry of Health dismissed directors of two hospitals

Dismissals for participation of employees of public administration in electoral campaign during their work hour continue. Today the Ministry of Health dismissed the directors of hospital service in Librazhd and Tepelenë and the chief of nurses in Kolonja’s hospital. The …

Accusations between SP and SMI, SMI accuses former Minister of Interior of vote buying

The Socialist Movement for Integration and Socialist Party have exchanged accusations today. The SMI’s candidate in Tirane, Eriona Bixho accused the chairman of Socialist Party for Tirana, Saimir Tahiri of vote buying. In a press conference, the SMI’s candidate said …

Prisoners’ vote, 2,100 prisoners will vote in 20 voting centers

Only 2,100 prisoners out of 4,800 will have the right to vote on June 25. Those convicted for serious criminal offenses will not be allowed to vote, because of the decriminalization law. The general director of prisons, Arjan Hoxha told …

Coalitions after elections, DP Chairman excludes a possible coalition with SP

The Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha was invited in our political program ‘Arena’ where he talked about his program for the economy, and the possible coalitions after elections, even though he expressed his conviction that the Democratic Party will manage …

DP chairman in Diber, Basha: Punish the PM for the promises he did not keep

Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha closed the electoral campaign in Dibër where he promised the construction of Arbri road within two years or otherwise he will resign as Prime Minister. Mr. Basha added that the prime minister’s promise to construct …

After June 25, PM: No chance to form another coalition with the SMI

Prime Minister Edi Rama was invited in our program, ‘Tonight Ilva Tare’ where he declared that there is no chance for another coalition with the Socialist Movement for Integration after the June 25 elections, stating: “Coalition with the SMI has …

Participation in campaign, Minister of Justice dismissed directors of Berat & Kavaja prisons

The Minister of Justice has dismissed the directors of Kavaja and Berat prisons, for involvement in the electoral campaign. In a statement issued to the media, the Ministry of Justice gives the motivation for the dismissals, saying that the prison …

June 25 elections, Former President Moisiu calls on citizens to vote on Sunday

The Civil forum and a group of intellectuals gathered today calling on the Albanian citizens to vote on June 25th. The former president of the republic, Alfred Moisiu declared that there is a climate of distrust, but according to him, …

Victory day is coming, Basha: Our plan for economy will take the country out of crisis

Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha closed the electoral campaign in the city of Kukës where he told the citizens that their vote for the Democratic Party is a vote for the change of their economy. DP chairman said that the …

Republican Party’s campaign, Fatmir Mediu: We will not allow vote buying

The chairman of Republican Party, Fatmir Mediu held an electoral meeting with the citizens of Vora, where he declared that he will not allow the government to buy the citizens’ vote and to keep Albania hostage again. Mr. Mediu presented …

FM Bushati in Shkoder: ‘Vote-buying tactics are being monitored’

The Foreign Minister and Socialist Party’s candidate in the city of Shkodra, Ditmir Bushati and other candidates of Socialist Party held an electoral meeting with Shkodra citizens, in an area that has been administered by the Democratic Party. Calling on …

Fourth poll, SP receives 48%, DP 34%, SMI 13%, PJIU 1.8%

IPR marketing and Ora News publicized the results of the fourth poll for June 25 elections. According to the poll, if elections were to be held today, the Socialist Party would take the lead in the cities of Vlora, Korça …

Electoral college, SMI will propose the third vote counter in counting team

The Electoral College has decided to accept the request of the Socialist Movement for Integration to give it the opportunity to propose the third vote counter in the counting teams. The Electoral College also decided to give the party for …

SMI against PM, SMI files a lawsuit against PM for his call to state police

The Socialist Movement for Integration has filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister Edi Rama, after the Prime Minister’s call to state police to gather votes for the Socialist Party. In its lawsuit, the SMI says that the Prime Minister’s call …

PM in Paskuqan, Rama: Parties did not want the judicial reform

The Prime Minister and chairman of the Socialist Party, Edi Rama held an electoral meeting in Paskuqan today where he spoke of the cracking of the coalition with the Socialist Movement for Integration. According to the Prime Minister, it happened …

DP chairman in Kavaje, Basha: Citizens to punish the govt. for failures with their vote

The Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha closed the electoral campaign in the city of Kavaja today. During his speech, the DP chairman accused the Prime Minister of thinking only of himself and of enriching the criminals. The DP chairman added …

SMI’s program, Meta: We will open 170,000 jobs, 100,000 for the youth

The former chairman of the Socialist Movement for Integration, Ilir Meta was in an electoral meeting in Shijak where he spoke of the SMI’s economic program. According to Meta, economy cannot increase without reducing costs for businesses, saying: “Economy cannot …

Vetting, Former President: Judges want to cover their irregularities

The former president of the Republic, Alfred Moisiu has praised the establishment of the vetting bodies, but he expressed his concern over the lawsuit the association of judges has filed against the vetting law. According to the former president, the …

‘Justice has begun’, Xhafaj: Those who took justice hostage will be punished

The Socialist MP Fatmir Xhafaj, who headed the parliamentary work for the judicial reform gave a press conference today, commenting on vetting. Mr. Xhafaj praised the creation of vetting bodies adopted by the Albanian Parliament on Saturday, and greeted as …

SMI accusations, Police director: Police is depoliticized and is being monitored

The State police director, Haki Çako responded today to the strong accusations the Socialist Movement for Integration members have issued against him, saying: “I am the general director of the state police, based on the constitution of the republic of …

DP chairman in Gjirokaster, Basha: Rama does not have a plan for the economy

In continuation of his electoral meetings, Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha met today with Gjirokastra citizens, to whom he presented his economic plan. According to Basha, Edi Rama has made many promises, and that he is not keeping any of …

Urban re-qualification, Mayor: Vote for SP is a guarantee that work will continue

Tirana’s mayor Erion Veliaj inspected work in Misto Mame area in Kombinat, which is under reconstructed. Accompanied by the socialist mp Saimir Tahiri, the mayor said that the property value will increase in this area and asked for the citizens’ …

SMI candidate in Vlore, Shezai Rrokaj: The big change is coming

The Socialist Movement for Integration’s candidate for MP in Vlorë, Shezai Rrokaj presented the project of the SMI for the development of the area. Mr. Rrokaj declared that the Socialist Movement for Integration will do everything to return hope to …

Patozi’s warning, DP MP: Basha to say whether there will be a coalition with SP

The democrat MP Astrit Patozi considers the rumors for a possible coalition between the Democratic Party and the Socialist Party to be a legend. According to the democrat MP, this legend will be harmful for the Democratic Party if the …

DP chairman’s promises, Basha: We will repeal the law on higher education

Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha held a meeting today with some young people in administrative unit number 5 in Tiranë. During his conversation with the youth, the DP chairman pledged to separate politics from the education system. Mr. Basha announced …

PM on Meta’s statement: How can a President speak for the PM as he is an extremist

Prime Minister Edi Rama commented today on an interview given by President-elect Ilir Meta for a Greek TV station, retorting that it is a shame that the president-elect speaks of the Prime Minister as if he is an extremist. “Ilir …

Blushi on PM’s call, ‘Rama’s statement shows his despair, we are not a police state’

The chairman of the Libra party, Ben Blushi considers the statement the Prime Minister issued to state police to attend a campaign event after their official working hours, to be threatening. Mr. Blushi thinks the Prime Minister’s statement shows that …

Call to state police, PM apologizes for calling police officers to attend campaigns

Prime Minister Edi Rama has apologized today about a statement he issued yesterday from Kuçova, where he invited state police officers to participate in the Socialist Party’s electoral campaign, after their official time of work. Following the Prime Ministers statement, …

Police on incident in Lezhe, State Police says there is no proof it was politically motivated

The State Police have expressed regret for the statement of President-elect Ilir Meta. The Police say there is no proof that last night’s violence used against the reeve was for political reasons, issuing a statement that reads: “Regret for today’s …

Meta’s threats: We will arm people if criminals are not arrested

Assembly Speaker and President-elect Ilir Meta commented today on the violence used against the reeve of Rabishta last night. From the city of Lezha, Mr. Meta threatened that if the perpetrators who used violence against the reeve are not arrested, …

Vetting, 27 members of vetting bodies approved in Parliament

Albania’s parliament convened in a special session this morning, called by Speaker Ilir Meta, to vote on the candidates for vetting bodies that will deal with the transitional re-evaluation of judges and prosecutors. Parliament approved Gerti Bogdani as the new …

‘Economy of the new republic’, Basha: My plan for the economy is similar to Trump’s plan

Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha was in the city of Vlora today, where he presented the Democratic Party’s program. Speaking from Vlora where the Prime Minister is running for the mandate of the Member of Parliament, the DP chairman said …

All will be returned to their jobs, SMI: Citizens are being threatened with their jobs

In a media outlet, the vice chairman of the Socialist Movement for Integration, Luan Rama, declared that the SMI supporters who participated in yesterday’s activity of the SMI are being threatened with their job position. Mr. Rama gave assurance that …

SP candidate in Shkoder, Bushati: Vote for the change, for the return to normalcy

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati, held a meeting with the citizens of Shkodra asking from them to vote for the Socialist Party, for the change and the return to normalcy. Mr. Bushati stated that the citizens’ vote should be …

Lower taxes, Chair of Republican Party: DP’s economic program is functional

The chairman of the Republican Party, Fatmir Mediu, was in a suburb area of Tirana where he invited the citizens to vote for the Democratic Party’s economic program, adding that the citizens will pay fewer taxes with this program. Mr. …

Blushi in Durres: ‘SP and DP are together against the citizens’

The Chairman of Libra party, Ben Blushi has held meetings with the citizens and business owners of the city of Durres, asking them not to vote for Socialist and Democratic Party, as according to him, they are together to keep …

Commissioners, CEC calls on parties to submit their proposals

The Central Election Commission has issued a call to political parties to submit their proposals for commissioners of voting centers today, as their training starts on Saturday. The chairwoman of the Central Election Commission said there is a positive reaction …

IPR marketing poll, SP 48%, DP 32%, SMI 32%, Libra party 3%

The results of the 3rd poll conducted by IPR marketing were publicized on the ‘Tonight Ilva Tare’ program. Results of the poll in Shkodër were the surprise of the third poll. The city considered to have the largest number of …

Judicial reform, Martinn Banks: Concerns about efforts to block the reform

Martin Banks, a journalist of the EU reporter, has commented on the judicial reform in Albania, writing that concerns have been raised in Brussels and Washington over the efforts to block the reform. Mr. Banks writes that fractions have objected …

Vice US state secretary, Yee: Opposition ended boycott with the help of US senate

The US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Hoyt Brian Yee, considers the developments in some Balkan countries to be positive, which according to him have happened thanks to support from the US. The State Department official cited some important breakthroughs, …