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Albanians prepare to vote

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With just hours to go before the polls open in Albania’s general election, the result is uncertain and fears of electoral fraud are running high.

Two major parties have held power since the end of the communist era. Former president Sali Berisha, who leads the opposition Democratic party, has 35 per cent approval in the opinion polls. However that is only one per cent ahead of the Socialists, led by the prime minister Fatos Nano. For president Alfred Moisiu, the result is less important than the electoral process itself. He insists standards must be impeccable to end the “hard transition from communism”.