March 26, 1991 |
The News: Albanians vote next Sunday, March 31, in the tiny Balkan nation's first-ever multi-party election after half a century of totalitarian rule that was the most repressive and inflexible in Eastern Europe. What's at Stake: Long isolated by the authoritarian rule of late Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha, Albanians have suddenly found themselves in the unfamiliar position of having a say in the policies and personalities of their government.
January 2, 1991 |
Albania's Communist leader pledged in a New Year's message that the nation's first open election Feb. 10 will be "completely free and democratic, pluralist and secret." "I am confident that the year 1991 will mark a turning point," Ramiz Alia said on state radio Tuesday morning.
December 26, 1990 |
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.
December 3, 1990 |
Voters in Albania will elect a new Parliament on Feb. 10 from a choice of candidates for the first time in 45 years of Communist rule. Outgoing lawmakers passed a new election law last month that offers voters a secret ballot and a choice of candidates, including independents whose programs do not contain "fascist, racist or terrorist ideas." The law stops short of permitting political parties other than the ruling Communist Party.
November 14, 1990 |
Albania's Communist parliament passed an election law allowing secret ballots and a choice of candidates and ordered a sweeping revision of the constitution, the official ATA news agency said today. It said both issues were approved unanimously at a meeting of the People's Assembly in the capital, Tirana, on Tuesday. The decisions mark a further step on a cautious road to reform in Albania, Europe's last orthodox Communist state.
September 9, 1990 |
Voters in Albania will be given some freedom of choice, but the ruling Communists will maintain tight control over the election process, that country's leader says. In comments made available Saturday, Communist Party leader Ramiz Alia also hinted that wide-ranging changes may be necessary to accelerate economic programs. "Without combating red tape, without being freed from the old management complexes . . .
February 4, 1987 |
All 1.8 million registered voters in Albania turned out for parliamentary elections Sunday and gave 100% approval for all nominees who ran uncontested for election to the 250-seat People's Assembly, Albania's official ATA news agency said Tuesday. But there was a minor flaw--one ballot was invalid, the agency said.