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Parliamentary elections in Albania

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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.