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Albania Holds Repeat Vote in 3 Parliamentary Districts


Voters in three of Albania's electoral districts cast ballots Sunday in repeat parliamentary elections following challenges to the results of last month's original ballot.

The vote could lead to final certification of the July 3 election and allow Albania's opposition leader, former President Sali Berisha, to begin forming a coalition government.

Mr. Berisha's Democratic Party and its allies won a parliamentary majority last month, but outgoing Prime Minister Fatos Nano has remained in office pending resolution of the election dispute. President Alfred Moisiu says he will not convene the new Parliament until the government electoral commission officially certifies the results.

Preliminary results of the July vote drew more than 300 challenges, but Albanian electoral officials ordered repeat elections in only the three of the country's 100 electoral districts.

Albania hopes to join the European Union, which requires that its members' elections be recognized as free and fair.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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