An Albanian opposition activist has been killed and a ruling party parliamentary candidate wounded in a shootout as polls opened in tense elections in Albania. The voting process is being closely monitored because of concerns over the state of democracy in the country.
A united left hopes to unseat Prime Minister Sali Berisha who is bidding for a third consecutive term.
Opinion polls in Albania are unreliable, however they indicate that the socialist former mayor of Tirana may top the poll.
Failure to have a free and fair election would hamper the country’s chances of becoming a member of the European Union.