Albania: Local elections get underway despite opposition boycott

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama cast his vote in local elections in Tirana on Sunday, after his government decided to proceed with despite the opposition's boycott and President Ilir Meta's push for a rescheduling for October 13. Meta's proposal, which was reportedly rooted in the opposition's decision to boycott the elections, was rejected by Rama. The candidates of Rama's Socialist Party are... Еще running uncontested in 34 out of 61 municipalities across the country where voting is taking place. Reports say that this is the first time since the fall of communism in the country that there's been only one candidate on a ballot sheet. Opposition supporters protested outside polling stations in the country, holding placards and banners denouncing the government as 'communist'. Albania has been in political crisis since opposition politicians walked out of parliament in February demanding prime minister Rama resign. Weekly protests in Tirana are threatening the country's plans to begin accession talks with the EU.
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