Rival sides both claim victory in Albania's election

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Rival sides both claim victory in Albania's election

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Albania’s two main political factions are both claiming victory in the country’s tense parliamentary elections.

With around ten percent of the votes counted, unofficial results put the Socialist-led coalition of Edi Rama in the lead.

The Central Election Commission, which is overseeing the vote, has not announced a result.

Opposition leader Rama has pledged to replicate his success as mayor of the capital Tirana throughout Albania’s lacklustre economy.

He has also promised to re-invigorate Albania’s stalled bid to join the European Union if he wins.

If Rama wins, it would deny Prime Minister Sali Berisha an unprecedented third term.

Berisha’s ruling Democratic Party also claimed to have won the vote.

Many fear that a disputed result would set back the Albania’s EU ambitions once again.

Election day was marred by violence. An opposition party activist was shot dead near a polling station in Lac, in Albania’s north-east.