Albania sets parliamentary election date

President Bamir Topi set the date in accordance with a new election law adopting a proportional regional voting system.

Albania sets parliamentary election date

Albania said on Wednesday it would hold a parliamentary election on June 28, having pledged to banish vote-rigging that marked previous polls and hold course for eventual membership of the European Union and NATO.

President Bamir Topi set the date in accordance with a new election law adopting a proportional regional voting system.

Albania has yet to hold elections that meet international standards. The European Union has made clear that June's vote must be above criticism if it is to advance its bid to join the 27-member bloc.

Albania has signed a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU and might apply for candidate status this year. It received an invitation to join NATO last April and might become a full member at the alliance summit in spring this year.

The government invited citizens to apply for new secure identity cards on Monday but the system seemed to be overwhelmed at the outset, causing long queues of unsuccessful applicants at post offices.

Prime Minister Sali Berisha, who came to power in 2005 on an anti-corruption platform, has managed to keep the economy growing at a rate of six percent and launched ambitious infrastructure projects.

"I declare the holding of free elections as the major objective of the government ... and assure you that reforms will not stop," Berisha has pledged.


Reuters

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