Albania: Edi Rama secured a third term

The Socialist Party of Albania (SP) has secured a third consecutive term in parliamentary elections, winning almost half of the vote and several seats in parliament for a party government.

The Central Election Commission said on Tuesday that with 98% of the vote from Sunday ‘s vote, Prime Minister Edi Rama’ s Socialists won 48.79% of the vote and 74 of the 140 seats in parliament. This is the same number of seats they won in the previous election.

The main opposition Democratic Party won 39.55% of the vote and 59 seats, while its ally, the Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI), won 6.83% of the vote and 4 seats. The Social Democratic Party won 2.26% and 3 seats.

Speaking to party supporters, Rama said they had given his party the “hardest but sweetest” victory.

“We broke the record. It was a historical record. “Thank you for trusting us to lead you for another four years,” Rama told thousands of supporters in central Tirana.

“My dream is to make Albania this decade … a champion of the Balkans, in tourism and agritourism, in energy and agriculture, and in fast, quality and indestructible digital services,” he said.

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