Initial estimates indicate that socialist opposition leader “Edi Rama won the [general] elections,” held on June 23, reports Shekulli.
According to the daily, “Renaissance,” the coalition led by Rama, obtained 56 per cent of the vote, while the rival Alliance for Employment, Prosperity and Integration led by outgoing prime minister Sali Berisha, which is also claiming victory, scored 44 per cent.
With the country’s Electoral Commission in deadlock in the wake of the resignation of a number of its members, the definitive results may not known be known for several days. The vote was also marred by an exchange of gunfire in Laç in north of the country, which resulted in the death of one of Rama’s supporters, and injured a candidate from Berisha’s party.

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