Albania's ruling party wins strong support for reforms
1 July, 2017
Albania's ruling Socialist Party will have a majority in parliament, according to preliminary results from the general elections held last Sunday in the Balkan country. It is likely that PM Edi Rama may govern alone and enjoy a liberty to speed up with reforms called by the EU. Socialists head with 48.41% of the votes, followed by Democratic Party with 28.86% and Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI) with 14.42%, non official data showed last Tuesday.
Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha put off the vote by a week after reaching a deal in May in which the opposition called off a 90-day boycott of parliament in exchange for six cabinet posts including the interior ministry. Voter turnout of 44.9% was so low probably due to the heat and the end-of-Ramadan celebration observed by Muslims who account for 60% of the population.
“Albania’s parliamentary elections took place in a calm and orderly manner,” a statement by HR/VP Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn said. They pledged to help the new government in the EU integration process, stressing that the continuation of the justice reform and the fight against drug trafficking and cultivation will be of particular importance in this respect.