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March 30, 1991 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With one jeep, a temperamental telephone and less than a week to explore the virgin territory of Albanian public opinion, a Gallup pollster has had to cut a few professional corners en route to his prediction of an opposition upset in Sunday's election here.
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June 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Minor violence marred Albania's first general election since the country plunged into anarchy in 1997, but local election monitors said that, despite some irregularities, voting had generally been fair. Prime Minister Ilir Meta's Socialists were widely expected to be reelected with a reduced majority. A man shot two election officials after getting into a dispute with them at a polling station in Tirana, the capital, the Public Order Ministry said. Neither was seriously hurt.
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June 28, 1997 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 7, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Albanians voting for a second consecutive Sunday sealed a landslide victory for the opposition Socialist Party in an election intended to end months of violence. Turnout was noticeably lower than in the previous weekend's first round, when voters overwhelmingly chose the Socialist Party in a resounding defeat for President Sali Berisha's Democratic Party. Officials said up to three constituencies will have to hold yet another round of voting next week.
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December 26, 1990 | From Reuters
Albania's new opposition Democrats took their drive against communism to the provinces Tuesday as the country's leadership prepared to jettison four decades of Stalinist policies. Thousands of Albanian Christians freely celebrated their first Christmas Mass in 23 years, now that a ban imposed on religion by the late Stalinist leader Enver Hoxha has been lifted.
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June 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Minor violence marred Albania's first general election since the country plunged into anarchy in 1997, but local election monitors said that, despite some irregularities, voting had generally been fair. Prime Minister Ilir Meta's Socialists were widely expected to be reelected with a reduced majority. A man shot two election officials after getting into a dispute with them at a polling station in Tirana, the capital, the Public Order Ministry said. Neither was seriously hurt.
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April 18, 1997 | Associated Press
Coaxed by an international envoy, political parties in Albania on Thursday set a June 29 date for parliamentary elections to put the anarchic country back on the road to stability. But enormous differences remained among Albania's bitterly divided political camps.
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October 21, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
Albanians started voting in local elections seen by the West as a fresh test of the Balkan nation's commitment to democracy five months after a controversial general election was marred by allegations of vote-rigging and intimidation. Candidates from 26 parties were fighting for influence in 64 town councils, 36 district councils and 310 communes.
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July 6, 1997 | From Reuters
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.
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July 7, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Albanians voting for a second consecutive Sunday sealed a landslide victory for the opposition Socialist Party in an election intended to end months of violence. Turnout was noticeably lower than in the previous weekend's first round, when voters overwhelmingly chose the Socialist Party in a resounding defeat for President Sali Berisha's Democratic Party. Officials said up to three constituencies will have to hold yet another round of voting next week.
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July 6, 1997 | From Reuters
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.
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July 5, 1997 | From Associated Press
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.
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July 2, 1997 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 1, 1997 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
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June 30, 1997 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 28, 1997 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 5, 1997 | From Associated Press
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.
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March 24, 1992 | From Reuters
University professor Sali Berisha, leader of Albania's victorious Democratic Party, was swept into politics by his students a year ago. "I saw democracy was vital for Albania. I didn't begin this to be a politician, just to do my duty as a citizen," he said. The Tirana university cardiologist dodged troops and tanks to join his students in December 1990, in defying the omnipotent Communist regime with pro-democracy protests.
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June 27, 1997 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid escalating violence in the run-up to elections in Albania, gunfire forced President Sali Berisha to beat a hasty retreat from a campaign rally here Thursday. Several people were wounded after Berisha's guards turned their weapons on an unfriendly crowd. Berisha rushed from the town square, surrounded by a gaggle of his aides, after speaking for barely five minutes.
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June 25, 1997 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Sali Berisha refused Tuesday to shorten the polling hours for this weekend's national elections, opening the door to fraud in the after-dark vote count, election officials said. Berisha turned aside pleas from Albania's senior election officials and international organizations to order polls closed at 6 or 7 p.m. instead of the scheduled 9 p.m., according to a letter from the president's office delivered to the Central Election Commission.
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