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  Albania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is bordered by Montenegro in the north, Kosovo in the north-east — both still formally part of Serbia-Montenegro, the Republic of Macedonia in the east, and Greece in the south, has a coast on the Adriatic Sea in the west, and a coast on the Ionian Sea in the southwest.
Albania became part of the Roman and Byzantine Empires before succumbing to a wave of invaders in the Middle Ages, losing most of its original population and finally becaming a part of the Ottoman Empire in 1478.
Albania consists of mostly hilly and mountainous terrain, the highest mountain, Korab in the district of Dibra reaching up to 2,753 m.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Albania   (2662 words)

 Elections in Albania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Albania has a multi-party system, with two or three strong parties and a third party that is electorally successful.
The Parliament that emerged from elections on June 29, 1997, was led by the Socialist Party (PS), which took 101 of the 155 seats.
Results of the election of June 24, 2001 : percent of vote by party - PS 41.5%, PD and coalition allies 36.8%, NDP 5.2%, PSD 3.6%, PBDNJ 2.6%, PASH 2.6%, PAD 2.5%; seats by party - PS 73, PD and coallition allies 46, NDP 6, PSD 4, PBDNJ 3, PAS 3, PAD 3, independents 2.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Elections_in_Albania   (368 words)

 Political developments in Albania since 1989   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The recovery of Albania from the 1997 uprising and its consequences was disrupted by the growing atrocities happening in neighbouring Kosovo.
The relations between Albania and Greece continued to improve during 1998, and although another peak in the number of Albanians expelled from Greece was reached in July 1999, the relations between Albania and Greece were not damaged.
Albania was admitted as a member of the Council of Europe on 13 July 1995.
www.europeanforum.bot-consult.se /cup/albania/develop.htm   (2021 words)

 PROGRESS REPORT of the Bureau of the Assembly and the Standing Committee
Albania is a country situated in a sensitive region at the centre of the Balkans, with a population of 3,5 millions.
The elections brought about a clear division between the people on the one hand, who, through their mature behaviour, made it quite clear that their wish is for law and order, democracy and peace, and, on the other, armed gangs and the forces of illegality.
Albania is a country with wonderful people, a unique beauty, and enormous potential which can serve not only to make its own people happy, but also to contribute to the process of Europe as a whole.
assembly.coe.int /Documents/WorkingDocs/doc97/edoc7902ADI.htm   (6454 words)

Local elections were held in Albania on 1 October 2000, with a second round conducted in some municipalities and communes on 15 October 2000.
Second round of the elections was conducted in 28 municipalities, 127 communes and 10 administrative units of Tirana, where no candidates had achieved 50% or more of the valid votes during the first round.
Albania is administratively divided into 12 regions (whose territory coincides with the same number of Prefectures), 36 Districts, 65 Municipalities (cities and towns), and 309 Communes (villages).
www.humanrights.uio.no /forskning/publ/wp/wp_2001_01.html   (7806 words)

 Elections in Albania   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The winner of the elections was the Democratic Party, the socialists lost.
The elections were a mixture of a district and a proportional system.
Albania was divided into 100 districts, each district electing one candidate.
www.iflry.org /libel/libel_922a.html   (548 words)

 ATA News from Albania (96-06-23)
He assured the participants in the forum that there would be no repetition of the elections in Albania and the mandate won through the free vote on May 26 would be used to consolidate the values of democracy, the rule of law and market economy.
Albania, besides the report on the reexamination of the European Parliament's resolution, reports that important OSCE officials, many international observers and Euro-deputies have clearly said that the attempts organised by Albanian communists and certain left wing circles outside Albania have failed to compromise the democratic processes in Albania.
The June 16 elections, themselves, a test of 360 thousands of Albanians, in which only 16 per cent of the electorate of these constituencies did not take part, clearly testify to the responsibility and honesty of the Albanian electorate in their reaction to the communist boycott, their organisers and supporters.
www.hri.org /news/balkans/ata/1996/96-06-23.ata.html   (2262 words)

 Elections in Albania   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Albania ( Albanian : Shqipëria) is a country in South East Europe.
Albania has a population of around 3.5 million on 27,389 km².
Freedom House rated the country on political rights with a 3 and on civil rights with a 3, both on a scale of 1 to 7 (in which 1 is the most free).
www.electionworld.org /albania.htm   (404 words)

 Albania-Elections, 2nd Writethru Bgt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
TIRANA, Albania (AP) - Albanians voted Sunday in elections seen as a key test of the country's political system as it pushes for membership in NATO and exit polls gave the opposition party of former president Sali Berisha the advantage.
Albania, in addition to its efforts to join NATO, is also seeking closer ties with the European Union.
Although the voting was generally calm, one election official was shot dead in the capital Tirana, polling stations in parts of the country remained open for an additional three hours and local election monitors were investigating reports of irregularities in rural areas.
www.cbc.ca /cp/world/050703/w070378.html   (479 words)

The immediate experience of a Euro-MP who has been an observer to the recent elections in Albania speaks of a country that is in disarray, of the collapse of law and the rule of gangs armed (as most Albanians are) with Kalashnikovs.
In the May 1996 elections, many of the minority voters had preferred to cast their vote for mianstream Albanian parties (mainly the Socialists); when most Opposition parties denounced the «Berisha elections», Omonia politicians were split over the stance that should be kept.
Elections in nearby Albania proceeding amid armed bands and insurrection remind to Greeks that they live in a Balkan setting - even if their Government manages to invite a quorum of European Socialist leaders to spread the Gospel of a socially - sensitive course to EMU and the common currency.
www.hri.org /Samizdat/eejwalb.htm   (2561 words)

 Macedonian Heritage - Opinion: “Critical elections in Albania and Bulgaria” by Thaleia Kartali
Turkey is showing interest in the Bulgarian elections because of the presence of a strong Muslim minority, which, according to opinion polls, totals 3,9%, the minimum requirement for participation in parliament being 4%.
Symeon II’s candidature in the elections and rumours of attempts to re-instate the monarchy, the edge that opinion polls give to his party and fears expressed in some circles in Bulgaria about the possible political exploitation of the Muslim minority by third parties, all make the Bulgarian scene obscure.
The elections in Albania two weeks later are particularly interesting because of the continuation of Albanian rebel activity in adjacent countries, but also because of the Greek minority’s participation with its own political coalition.
www.macedonian-heritage.gr /Opinion/comm_20010609Kalarritis.html   (234 words)

 92064: Romania, Bulgaria, Albania: Recent Developments
Elections in May and June 1996 in Albania brought a resounding victory to the Democratic Party at the expense of the Socialists, but the conduct of the elections was widely criticized.
Albania has established institutional links with the European Union, although it is not expected to seek membership in the Union in the near future.
Albania and Greece have also been at odds over a number of issues, most of which concern Greek complaints about the treatment of Albania's ethnic Greek community and the Greek Orthodox Church, and Albanian fears of irredentist Greek claims to southern Albania.
www.fas.org /man/crs/92-064.htm   (8122 words)

 Albania   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The election victory in 1992 was due, to a great extent, to the lack of merits of the Communist-Labour-Socialist Party legacy, which the new socialist leaders could not shake off easily, and to a still greater extent to a nation-wide desire to say “no” to the old style of government.
Hence, the DP supporters should not be surprised by the defeat they suffered in the hands of the socialists in the hot elections of 1997, just as they should not attribute to themselves the merit for the triumph in the elections of 1992 and again in 1996.
They were elections held for the sake of providing a solution to a crisis-ridden society, which affected the morale of the whole nation, not just of the people in the Republic of Albania.
www.albania.mcmail.com /chap7.html   (6799 words)

 NDI - National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Albania's last parliamentary elections, in 2001, though flawed, saw progress in the reduction of violence and in some technical areas.
A genuine election process will strengthen the country's political fabric, renew opportunity to promote transparency and accountability within government, enlarge the space in which civil society and politicians can interact, and move Albania toward NATO and EU membership.
Good elections depend on a sound legal framework, effective administration, and most certainly political will-before the election, on election day, and after the votes are counted.
www.accessdemocracy.org /library/1815_al_helsinki_032105.htm   (1529 words)

 Greece Should Show More Restraint In Addressing Concerns About Elections in Albania
International observers have recommended that the Albanian government investigate alleged irregularities that occurred in runoff elections in the town of Himara, Albania.
The Greek Foreign Ministry seems to be on a crusade to "punish" Albania, by pushing for the European Union to denounce Albania and threatening to review bilateral ties with Albania and to disrupt EU funding to the country.
There are reports that the Greek Ambassador to Albania actively encouraged Albanians living in Greece to return to Himara in order to vote for a specific candidate.
www.naac.org /pr/2000/10-20-00.html   (370 words)

 OSCE Presence in Albania - Homepage
The OSCE Presence in Albania provides assistance to Albanian authorities and civil society on promoting democratization, rule of law, human rights and on consolidating democratic institutions in conformity with OSCE principles, standards and commitments.
The elections were competitive and voters were provided with a diversity of info...
Children living in conditions of extreme poverty in northern Albania will get a break this summer at a camp organized by the Malteser and supported by the OSCE Presence and the Dutch Embassy.
www.osce.org /albania   (294 words)

 The meaning of the Albanian Revolution
Albania was the last nation in the Balkans to win its independence from the Ottoman Empire and to establish itself as a nominally independent state, in 1912, as a result of the second Balkan war.
Albania's frontiers were finally settled by the Conference of Ambassadors on 9th November 1921, after a tug-of-war between Italy and Yugoslavia, and a long drawn out dispute with Greece.
In the case of Albania, the theory of socialism in one country assumed extreme forms because the ruling elite in Tirana was obsessed with isolating the country from Serbia and Greece.
easyweb.easynet.co.uk /~socappeal/albania2.html   (17024 words)

 [ALBSA-Info] : NAAC Commends All Sides for Recent Elections in Albania   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The National Albanian American Council (NAAC) commends all parties participating in the recent national elections in Albania for their efforts to ensure that the elections were free and fair and without violence.
During elections, it is normal for participants to hold different opinions and viewpoints with regard to the results.
It is indispensable for Albanians worldwide to work cooperatively, without regard for the internal politics of Albania, to combat trafficking and corruption and to strengthen political and social institutions and the economy in Albania.
www.alb-net.com /pipermail/albsa-info/2001-July/001967.html   (465 words)

 Senators Clinton, Brownback Introduce Resolution
to Support Free and Fair Elections in Albania
The resolution also supports the possibility of the United States providing assistance to the Government of Albania to establish a free and open democratic system and encourages President Bush to communicate to the Government of Albania the importance of the upcoming parliamentary election to the relationship between the two countries.
Urging the Government of the Republic of Albania to ensure that the parliamentary elections to be held on July 3, 2005, are conducted in accordance with international standards for free and fair elections.
Whereas subsequent to the calling of elections, Albania's political parties have accepted a code of conduct regarding their campaign activities, undertaking to act in accordance with the law, to refrain from inciting violence or hatred in the election campaign, and to be transparent in disclosing campaign funding; and
clinton.senate.gov /~clinton/news/2005/2005524C06.html   (589 words)

 PACE to observe parliamentary elections in Albania   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
On election day, they will be deployed in the capital and in towns around the country.
A pre-election delegation from PACE which visited the country from 30 May to 1 June 2005 said in a statement that the main conditions are in place for democratic elections in Albania.
However the truly democratic conduct of elections — in line with commitments Albania subscribed to when it joined the Council of Europe — depends now on the political will of the authorities and parties participating in these elections.
press.coe.int /cp/2005/364a(2005).htm   (259 words)

 OSCE Applauds Conduct of Local Elections in Albania
More than 251 international observers of the two missions found these elections were held, in contrast with previous occasions, in a tense but remarkably peaceful atmosphere with only a few isolated incidents of violence.
On election day, voting was carried out in an orderly manner in a majority of municipalities, voting center commissions generally administered the procedures correctly, and police conduct was appropriate.
A new election code, adopted after multiparty roundtable discussions with the participation of international experts, in general provided a sound basis for democratic elections.
www.usembassy.it /file2000_10/alia/a010030b.htm   (526 words)

 U.S. Policy / Albania
The British and CIA involvement in Albania from 1949-1953 was not the first covert operation of the Cold War.
But Albania was the first time that armed saboteurs were infiltrated into a sovereign country during peacetime, without the approval of Congress, Parliament, Prime Minister Clement Attlee, or President Harry Truman.
The CIA prefers that we believe this was the only problem, and as of 1982 still refused to confirm that the invasion took place.
www.namebase.org /books70.html   (203 words)

 NAAC Calls for Free, Peaceful Elections in Albania
On the eve of local elections scheduled for October 12, the National Albanian American Council (NAAC) calls on the Albanian voters to actively exercise their right to vote.
While it is understandable why certain Albanian towns have chosen to express their disappointment by boycotting the elections, we must keep in mind that failure to participate in elections would only result in the increase of the irresponsibility of the political class.
Such process will help in improving Albania's image and will make Her voice more respectable, thus helping the Albanians in the Balkans and wherever they are.
www.naac.org /pr/2003/10-10-03.html   (417 words)

 Albanian Elections
The United States commends the conduct of local elections in Albania on October 12.
We are encouraged by a preliminary assessment of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) which noted that despite some problems, the elections were run in a generally professional, transparent, and even-handed way, representing major progress toward meeting international democratic election standards.
We urge Albania’s leaders and institutions to resolve any remaining election questions through domestic legal mechanisms and procedures.
www.state.gov /r/pa/prs/ps/2003/25174.htm   (155 words)

 Internet Resources on Albania
Election Reports - Albania (from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights)
Economic Reconstruction and Development in South East Europe: Albania
Maps of Albania (from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, The University of Texas at Austin)
www.ssees.ac.uk /albania.htm   (113 words)

 Turkey Pleased With Albanian Elections
ANKARA - Turkish Foreign Ministry indicated today that the July 3rd elections in Albania were conducted in a secure and silent atmosphere.
''We are pleased with the Albanian elections that were conducted according to basic democratic standards,'' said the Turkish ministry.
According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the Albanian elections met the requirements of the international community and brought Albania closer to integration with the Euro-Atlantic institutes.
www.turkishpress.com /news.asp?id=52188   (265 words)

 OneWorld.net / News / News:Albania   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The sea in these areas remains the most threatened by solid waste discarded by a number of construction companies, which dump the refuse both under the cover of the night, but also in broad daylight.
They expressed their concern over the slow vote count and the lack of cooperation between the political parties to speed up the process.
They should accept the Election result as democratic expression of Albanian electorate, said the chairman of the Central Elections Commission, Ilirian Celibashi in a press conference held today in Tirana.
www.oneworld.net /article/archive/3184   (548 words)

 Albania News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
TIRANA (Reuters) - Albania counted votes from its general election on Monday, hoping the West would give its seal of approval to what officials said was the …
This is Albania's sixth parliamentary election since the collapse of communism.
This is the first time the BiH state officials will monitor elections in Albania.
www.newsblogz.com /Albania   (436 words)

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