July 6, 1997 |
This country's ex-Communist Socialists were confirmed Saturday as winners of crucial elections, and the defeated Democratic Party of President Sali Berisha failed to rally its supporters at the funeral of a dead colleague. With only 41 out of the 155 seats still to be decided after last weekend's first round, the Central Electoral Commission said the Socialists had won more than 80 seats, with more expected, giving them a comfortable majority.
July 5, 1997 |
In their greatest show of strength yet, international troops patrolled this capital Friday after the government requested help protecting election officials. The Socialist-led government condemned Thursday's shootout between police and pro-monarchy protesters in front of Central Electoral Commission offices. One person was killed and five were wounded in that clash. "We declare that the Central Electoral Commission is the future of Albania," the government said.
July 2, 1997 |
Key aides to Albanian President Sali Berisha were reported Tuesday to have abandoned the country even as his party threatened to reject Sunday's election results and boycott a new parliament. Diplomats cautioned that the situation in Albania remained precarious two days after parliamentary elections designed to rescue the Balkan country from anarchy.
July 1, 1997 |
Amid signs of a landslide victory for Albania's Socialists in parliamentary elections, President Sali Berisha conceded defeat to his bitter rivals Monday and hinted that he would step down. A somber Berisha went on national television, his first appearance since Sunday's crucial vote, and declared that his Democratic Party would become part of the "loyal opposition."
June 30, 1997 |
Supporters of embattled President Sali Berisha and his Socialist rivals both claimed victories late Sunday in crucial elections marred by missing ballot boxes, gunfire and threats against poll workers. Socialist Party leader Fatos Nano declared an outright win, saying his leftist coalition had taken two-thirds of the seats in parliament--enough, he said, to oust Berisha.
June 28, 1997 |
Masked men waving grenade launchers stopped traffic at a bend in Albania's principal north-south road. Half a mile away, more men, tattooed and in tank tops, fired automatic rifles into the air and cursed the Democrats. And in the nearby town of Lezha, a rival gang dragged trucks and cars across the road to block the rumored approach of a Socialist candidate. It's a typical day on the campaign trail in Albania.