Editorial: The Albania we (really) want?

Editorial: The Albania we (really) want?

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL The Socialist Party’s now famous slogan “for the Albania we want” seemed initially abstract and almost impossible to read by the majority of the party’s militants, be those officials heading central structures or local governance branches alike;

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- and there was no one left to speak for me.

- and there was no one left to speak for me.

By Sidonja Manushi   Martin Niemöller emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. He is perhaps best remembered for his postwar words, which go as follows:

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President and EU Ambassador to Albania exchange comments regarding local elections

President and EU Ambassador to Albania exchange comments regarding local elections

TIRANA, July 3 – Following open attacks on the international community and claims the June 30 local elections were manipulated, President Ilir Meta engaged in direct dialogue with Ambassador of the European Delegation, Luigi Soreca, and his comments on the

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EC rejects Dutch request to suspend visa-free travel for Albanians

EC rejects Dutch request to suspend visa-free travel for Albanians

TIRANA, July 3 – The European Commission did not take into account the Dutch request to suspend Albania’s right to free movement to the Netherlands.  The news was originally reported by Tirananews and was subsequently confirmed by EU Ambassador to

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Tirana and Durres among 13 municipalities where ballots have surpassed voters

Tirana and Durres among 13 municipalities where ballots have surpassed voters

TIRANA, July 3 – The municipalities of Durrës and Tirana were the last to be added to the list of municipalities where the socialist candidates have won with a higher number of votes compared to the number of voters reported

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President: “June 30 elections were manipulated”

President: “June 30 elections were manipulated”

TIRANA, July 2 – Albanian President Ilir Meta appeared today in front of the public, speaking with harsh tones towards Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama and the Western embassies that he says support him.  While accusing the June 30 elections

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CEC: “Voter turnout at 22,97 percent, invalid votes at 5,5 percent”

CEC: “Voter turnout at 22,97 percent, invalid votes at 5,5 percent”

TIRANA, July 3 – It was officially announced on Wednesday by the Central Election Committee that voter turnout in the June 30 elections was only 22.97 percent, while the number of irregular votes surpassed 5,5 percent, marking an all-time high. 

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ODIHR Mission: “Citizens’ interests were not taken into consideration during elections”

ODIHR Mission: “Citizens’ interests were not taken into consideration during elections”

TIRANA, July 1 – The OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission in Albania stated on Monday that local elections were held without appreciating the citizens’ interests, while political clashes brought about legal uncertainty.  “In a climate of political deadlock and polarization, voters

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US Embassy: “To challenge election results, look to the Constitutional Court”

US Embassy: “To challenge election results, look to the Constitutional Court”

TIRANA, July 1 – The US Embassy to Albania announced on Monday that “those who wish to challenge the election results can look to the Constitutional Court, which we hope will be established soon with judges who have passed a

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Local elections mark low voter turnout and irregularities

Local elections mark low voter turnout and irregularities

TIRANA, July 1 – Albania’s local elections’ process ended on Sunday according to the deadline at seven pm, marking a number of irregularities and a very low voter turnout.  Despite the big controversy accompanying these local elections taking place without

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