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Albanian reform may pick up now PSSh rules alone

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Subject

The post-election political scene.

Significance

The incumbent Socialist Party of Albania (PSSh) under Prime Minister Edi Rama won parliamentary elections held on June 28. This result ensures a broad continuation of the previous government's reformist and integrationist policy stance.

Impacts

  • Although PSSh has a parliamentary majority, it will have to cohabit with an opposition president after July 24.
  • Reform of the justice system, found in a survey to top the list of citizens' wants, would improve Albania's image for foreign investors.
  • Rama will continue championing the rights of ethnic Albanians in periodic confrontation with Slav populations in regional states.
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