Left wing majority takes over the largest municipalities in Albania

Left wing majority takes over the largest municipalities in Albania

Tirana, 22 June 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

The process of ballot counting in Albania is coming to an end and so far, the majority of 61 municipalities has been won by the left wing majority under the logo of the Alliance for European Albania coalition led by Edi Rama and speaker of Parliament, Ilir Meta.

This governing coalition has won the largest municipalities in the country.

The process has been officially concluded in less than half of municipalities. Out of 28 municipalities where the result has been announced, 20 of them have been won by the left wing and only eight of them by the opposition.

In Tirana, the only candidate of the government, Erion Veliaj leads against his opposition rival, Halim Kosova.

The process is considered to be calm and without problems which may affect in the result and the main standards.

However, in the preliminary report, ODIHR addressed strong criticism for different problems which it claimed that it has identified in the elections, such as the purchase of votes, controlled media, a climate of pressure and intimidation for state employees, etc. /ibna/