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Preliminary Results Show Opposition Party Ahead in Albania


Preliminary figures in Albania's elections show the opposition party of former president Sali Berisha emerging with a majority in parliament.

The results issued Thursday by Albania's Central Election Commission showed the former president's Democratic Party and its allies won 73 of the body's 140 seats in the July 3 parliamentary vote.

Prime Minister Fatos Nano's Socialist Party and other left wing parties won at least 64 seats.

Votes have been verified in at least 97 of the country's 100 voting districts, but challenges could further delay the release of final results.

Problems with vote counting have repeatedly delayed the release of figures.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has called on

Albania to quickly complete its election process and install a new government.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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