TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Preliminary results show that Albania's ruling Socialist Party won all but two districts in last weekend's municipal elections that were boycotted by the...
Albania president denounces municipal elections
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president on Tuesday denounced Sunday's municipal elections as a "farce" and urged new polls to resolve the country's political crisis.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — International observers say Albania's political parties showed little regard to voters during weekend elections.
In a preliminary report on the June 30 municipal...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Voters cast ballots without disruption Sunday in Albania, where opposition leaders had threatened to interfere with municipal elections they boycotted as part of an...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's political conflict took another twist Thursday as the president announced what he said was a new date for municipal elections while the prime minister and his...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president criticized election officials Tuesday for ruling in favor of holding municipal elections he tried to cancel, alleging "political pressure and blackmail"...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's top legal election institution on Monday decided in favor of holding municipal elections this weekend, turning down a move from the country's president to cancel...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's parliament on Monday started the lengthy procedure to oust President Ilir Meta for allegedly violating the constitution with his attempt to cancel upcoming...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's parliament passed a resolution Thursday criticizing President Ilir Meta for attempting to cancel upcoming municipal elections, a move it called unconstitutional,...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's governing Socialist Party called a no-confidence vote against President Ilir Meta, saying Monday it was unconstitutional for him to cancel upcoming municipal...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president on Saturday canceled upcoming municipal elections, citing the need to reduce political tensions in the country.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian president said Wednesday he would be ready to resign from his post — or even to kill himself — if it would help resolve his country's political...
Albania parliament backs government reshuffle
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's parliament has backed a government reshuffle in a vote called by the prime minister after the country's president refused to accept his nominee for the foreign minister.
The parliament, dominated by the governing Socialist Party of Prime Minister Edi Rama, on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly for the nomination of nine new ministers.
Albania’s PM to hold foreign minister’s post
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister says he will take over the foreign ministry himself after the country's president refused to accept his nominee for the post.
Edi Rama on Monday tweeted that he will keep the post, and also threatened to take President Ilir Meta to the Constitutional Court.
Meta did not approve Rama's nominee, saying he does not meet standards, and also has not accepted the removal of the previous minister, without explaining why.
Albania premier accuses president of violating constitution
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister on Tuesday accused the country's president of violating the constitution by refusing to appoint a new interior minister.
Edi Rama was speaking at an extraordinary parliamentary session convened to discharge the former interior minister, who resigned 10 days ago.
Albania president rejects Kosovo passport request
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Albania's president has turned down a request from his Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci to issue Albanian passports for citizens in neighboring Kosovo, the only nation in Europe excluded from a visa-free European travel zone.
Ilir Meta, who is visiting Kosovo Wednesday, said the solution was "through dialogue."
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's new president has been sworn in during an extraordinary session of parliament.
President Ilir Meta on Monday formally took the post after swearing that he would abide by the Constitution and the laws, respect citizens' rights and freedoms, defend the independence of Albania and serve the interests of the Albanian people.
"For the new president, Albania and democracy will always be the first," he said after taking the oath.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president has decided that parliament will hold an extraordinary session for the swearing-in ceremony of his successor on July 24.
President Bujar Nishani set that date Friday for handing over the post to Ilir Meta, 48, elected in April when the parliament was being boycotted by the opposition.
Following an agreement between the opposition and the governing Socialist Party, the parliament also has held two other extraordinary sessions to vote on the deal's issues.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A senior U.S. official on Monday called on Albania's opposition to end its boycott and take part in next month's parliamentary election.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Brian Yee was in Tirana on Monday to meet with Prime Minister Edi Rama, his ally President-elect Ilir Meta and main opposition leader Lulzim Basha, urging them to reach a compromise ahead of the June 18 parliamentary election.
Albanian parliamentary speaker picked as new president
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's parliament elected its leader as the country's new president Friday, abandoning efforts to build consensus with boycotting opposition lawmakers after two weeks of delays.
Speaker Ilir Meta was chosen after lawmakers in the 140-seat body who were present for the closed-door election voted 87-2 in favor of him. Meta's nomination was formally supported by the main left-wing governing Socialist Party of Prime Minister Edi Rama.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Latest on the election of Albania's president (all times local):
The Albanian Parliament has elected its leader as the country's new president.
Lawmakers in the 140-seat body voted 87-2 to make Parliament Speaker Ilir Meta president. Meta's nomination was formally supported by the main left-wing governing Socialist Party of Prime Minister Edi Rama.
There were 89 lawmakers present during the closed-door vote. Meta needed at least 71 votes to be elected.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian Parliament on Thursday failed for the third time to elect the country's new president because no candidates have been nominated.
The governing left-wing coalition didn't put up any candidates, saying it wants to include the center-right opposition in reaching a broader consensus. The same thing happened twice last week.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's governing left-wing coalition says it will ask Europe's center-right parties, of which the country's opposition is a member, to convince the opposition to sit down to talks and take part in Albania's parliamentary election.
Albania Parliament to elect new president April 19
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The speaker of Albania's parliament has said that lawmakers will vote to elect the country's new president on April 19.
Ilir Meta said Thursday the first round of voting for the new president will be held next week, following a request from the governing Socialist Party's parliamentary group.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Voting is expected on a judicial reform package in Albania after the parliamentary speaker temporary postponed the balloting because of disagreement.
The reforms are considered key to convincing the European Union to launch membership negotiations with the Balkan country.
The reform package has been prepared over the past 18 months, but the government and opposition have been bickering over it.