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Yearbook 2005

2005 AlbaniaAlbania. After eight years in opposition, the Democratic Party PDS returned to office. According to countryaah, the parliamentary elections were held July 3, but accusations of irregularities forced re-election in several constituencies; only after almost two months could the final result be determined. Once the Socialist leader Fatos Nano has admitted defeat, former President Sali Berisha was commissioned to form a new government. It became a center-right coalition with PDS and six other parties that together controlled 80 of the 140 seats in Parliament.

2005 Albania

It was seen as a progress that no violence or even loud street protests occurred in connection with the election, although international observers pointed to flaws in the organization. In November, the European Commission noted in a report that the political situation in Albania had improved and that democratic institutions, the judiciary and public administration had been strengthened. The conclusion was that Albania could sign a Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU as early as 2006.

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