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Albanian left-wing coalition's poll victory confirmed

Albania's left-wing coalition was finally able to claim electoral victory Tuesday after a month-long delay for recounts in two districts demanded by the ousted conservative prime miniser. The coalition led by the Socialist Party leader Edi Rama will hold 83 of 140 seats in parliament, the electoral commission said. The conservative Democratic Party of outgoing Prime Minister Sali Berisha and its coalition partners won the 57 seats, official results showed.

Albanian opposition sweeps to election victory

Albania's opposition Socialists swept to electoral victory Wednesday and the ruling party conceded defeat, the first time an election outcome is not contested in the Balkan country since the fall of communism in the 1990s. "These elections' results are accepted both by me and my party. We have lost this battle but change of power is vital for democracy," outgoing conservative Prime Minister Sali Berisha told reporters. Edi Rama's opposition Socialists swept to a landslide victory in Sunday's polls, winning almost 53 percent of the vote.

Albanian opposition set for landslide victory

Albania's opposition Socialists notched up a landslide victory but were still waiting for the outgoing Democrats to concede defeat as the very last ballots of the weekend polls were being counted Wednesday. With 98 percent of the ballots counted, Edi Rama's Socialist Party had won almost 53 percent of the vote, while the outgoing conservative Prime Minister Sali Berisha's Democratic Party got 36 percent, the electoral commission said. The opposition coalition has said it could win 84 mandates in the 140-seat parliament.

Albanian opposition leads polls

A coalition led by Albania's opposition Socialist Party was on Tuesday leading the race to form the Balkan nation's next government after weekend polls. With almost 90 percent of the ballots counted, the coalition had garnered 57.7 percent of the vote, while an alliance led by outgoing conservative Prime Minister Sali Berisha's Democratic Party was at 39.4 percent, the electoral commission said. The opposition coalition said its projections show that it could win 84 out of 140 seats in parliament.

Albanian opposition leads polls

A coalition led by Albania's opposition Socialist Party was on Tuesday leading the race to form the Balkan nation's next government after weekend polls. With three quarters of the ballots counted, the coalition had won 53 percent of the vote, with an alliance led by outgoing conservative Prime Minister Sali Berisha's Democratic Party at 36 percent, the electoral commission said. The opposition coalition said its projections show that it could win 84 out of 140 seats in parliament.

Albanian opposition leads polls

A coalition led by Albania's opposition Socialist Party was on Tuesday leading the race to form the Balkan nation's next government after weekend polls. With three quarters of the ballots counted, the coalition had 53 percent of the vote with an alliance led by outgoing conservative Prime Minister Sali Berisha's Democratic Party at 36 percent, the electoral commission said. The opposition coalition said its projections show that it could win 84 out of 140 seats in parliament.

Political mistrust undermined Albanian election: observers

TIRANA (Reuters) - Albania's parliamentary election was marred by mutual mistrust of the two main parties, international observers said on Monday. "The atmosphere of mistrust between the two main political forces tainted the electoral environment and challenged the administration of the entire electoral process," monitors of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said in a statement.

Albania's ruling party, opposition both claim polls win

Albania's ruling coalition of outgoing Prime Minister Sali Berisha and its leftist opposition led by Socialist Edi Rama both claimed victory in Sunday's legislative polls. Although first official preliminary results were expected only on Monday, both Berisha and Rama said their coalitions had won most votes in the polls. The Central Electoral Commission said it had allowed the vote to be extended after the 1700 GMT closing time as many people were still waiting to cast their ballots. bme-cn/an/bm

Albania's ruling party, opposition both claim polls win

Albania's ruling coalition of outgoing Prime Minister Sali Berisha and its leftist opposition led by Socialist Edi Rama both claimed victory in Sunday's general election. The first official preliminary results were expected only on Monday. "The Renaissance has won," Rama told joyous supporters of his leftist coalition. Just a few blocks away, Berisha told reporters in his Democratic party headquarters that he was "convinced of our great victory."

Opposition activist shot dead in Albania on election day

TIRANA (Reuters) - An Albanian opposition activist was killed and a ruling party parliamentary candidate wounded in a shootout on Sunday in the northwest of the country shortly after voting began in a tense election, police said. Police named the dead man as 53-year-old Gjon Pjeter Gjoni, an activist of the opposition Socialist Party in the region of Lac. Mhill Fufi, a parliamentary candidate from the ruling Democratic Party of Prime Minister Sali Berisha, was wounded, as was another man in the incident outside a polling station
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