High Representative Ashton: Government should be formed as soon as results are certified

High Representative Ashton: Government should be formed as soon as results are certified

Tirana, June 25, 2013

The High Representative, Catherine Ashton, and the Commissioner Štefan Füle, in a statement on the parliamentary elections in Albania, appeal for the new government to be formed as soon as the results are certified.

“We would like to congratulate the citizens of Albania for the parliamentary elections of 23 June which took place in an overall orderly manner. Adequate follow up to the preliminary findings and conclusions of the International Election Observation Mission should now be ensured”, – the statement said.

“We condemn the reported cases of violence and expect that these incidents will be fully investigated and perpetrators brought to justice”, – continues the declaration.

According the High Representative, Ashton, and Commissioner Füle, now it is important that the remaining stages of the election process are conducted in line with EU and international standards.

“We call on all political parties to act in a constructive spirit for the good of the Albanian people”, – they said.

At the end of their joint press release, Ashton and Füle said: “Once the results are certified, we encourage a timely formation of the government to address the immediate challenges ahead to ensure that the country’s reform agenda is vigorously pursued and the European integration process can gain renewed momentum”. /ibna/