Albania’s parliament passes constituent changes sought by EU

The left-wing governing Socialist Party, which overlooks the 140-seat Meeting, combined forces with opposition lawmakers to pass the laws at a 99-6 vote together with four abstentions.

The electoral reforms center on the digital identification of Republicans, partially depoliticizing the electoral commission along with other recommendations in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which has tracked the nation’s elections.

Thursday’s vote came almost seven months following Albanian political parties reached an electoral reform agreement on June 5. The agreement came after two weeks of encounters between opposing political forces in the home of U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim, who eased the dialogue together with her European Union and British counterparts.

“We all celebrations for ensuring the June 5 arrangement was attained, respected, and executed in a way that’s inclusive and transparent,” that the U.S. Embassy said in a statement.

The OSCE stated that”execution is crucial, and we stand prepared to help the Albanian government in this course, in addition to the progression of further reform measures.”

Parliament will vote next week on political parties that provide open lists of candidates, political coalitions, and also the electoral threshold to enter parliament, a movement that so far has not been approved from the center-right Democratic Party-led resistance that boycotted parliament this past year.

“All parties must take part in good faith; clarify their positions clearly and completely to each other and also to the Albanian people; and find a settlement that benefits each the Albanian people and proceeds to move the nation forward on its democratic route,” that the U.S. Embassy explained.

In March, Albania and North Macedonia were given the green light from the European Union to start membership talks, even though a beginning date has not yet been set.