TIRANA – Agreement on electoral reform

Socialist Energy and Industry Minister Damian Gjinkuri, deputy chairman of the opposition Socialist Movement for Integration Petrit Vasili, and a representative of the opposition Democratic Party, Oerd Bylykbashi, all signed a statement promising to reach an agreement on electoral reform by 15 March.

This was prompted by the opposition alleging that the ruling party has been collaborating with crime networks to gain people’s support in elections.

The European Union’s ambassador to Tirana, Luigi Soreca, welcomed the move. “It is an important achievement for restoring Albania’s political stability and in the context of Albania’s EU integration process,” Soreca said.

The agreement could also help encourage a positive decision from the EU Council at its EU-Western Balkans Summit scheduled for May this year in Zagreb to open negotiations for membership for both Albania and North Macedonia. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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