Albania: Opposition protestors clash with police outside parliament

Scuffles broke out between police and opposition protesters in Tirana on Monday, after the government appointed a new interim prosecutor general. Thousands of protesters gathered outside the Albanian parliament building, waving EU and US flags, while confronting riot police, to express their outrage at the appointment of Arta Marku as prosecutor general, a decision which they believe is... Еще unconstitutional. Earlier, oppositions MPs set off smoke bombs inside parliament in an effort to disrupt the swearing-in ceremony. The opposition say that the ruling Socialist Party is carrying out a 'coup' within the judiciary to protect corrupt officials. The government is also accused of bypassing constitutional norms in appointing Marku. The vote in parliament was seeking to accelerate judicial reforms designed to combat corruption ahead of accession talks with the EU.

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