The deputy head of Albania’s Central Electoral Commission, CEC, and another member resigned in protest after parliament sacked one of their colleagues in a controversial vote.
A protest by the Red and Black Alliance on Sunday in Tirana, which promised to overturn the government of Prime Minister Sali Berisha, failed to muster much popular support.
Parliament approved three new ministers and the post of deputy premier on Thursday, following the exit from the ruling coalition of the Socialist Movement for Integration, LSI.
The Socialist Movement for Integration, LSI, has withdrawn its ministers from the government after joining the opposition Socialist Party coalition ahead of the elections.
The Socialist Movement for Integration, LSI, the junior partner in the governing coalition, is expected to withdraw and join the opposition Socialists ahead of the next elections.
Preliminary data from the European Social Survey, ESS, released on Tuesday, reveal that more Albanians feel attached to the ruling Democratic Party than to the Socialist opposition, three months ahead of the general election.
The EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fule, on Monday called on Albania’s parties to ensure that the general elections meet a high standard in order to advance the country’s EU goals.
The OSCE head in Albania, Eugen Wolfarth, on Tuesday criticised a proposal by Prime Minister Sali Berisha to rush through an extension of voting rights to 16-year-olds ahead of the June 23 elections.
Balkan Insight has learned that the Constitutional Court will give the green light to a historic request for a referendum on trash imports, the first such grassroots initiative in Albania.
Three Albanian judges, who acquitted two Republican Guard officers of the killings of three protesters in the January 21, 2011 riots, have accused the United States of interfering in the case.
Annual report on the state of global freedom by Freedom House, shows Balkan countries remain divided into 'partly free' and 'free', with only Bosnia moving up the table a notch.
Report by Open Society Foundation in Albania, OSFA, says talk about the European Union dominates political speeches in the country, but does not set the priorities needed to become a member state.
A watchdog group of Albanian NGOs on Thursday warned that the failure of the Central Electoral Commission, CEC, to agree on the redistribution of MPs' mandates and electoral zones, is putting poll standards at risk.