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In a politically heated mood, the Albanians elected a new parliament on Sunday. But it is still unclear whether Prime Minister Rama could fight for a third term.

Tirana (AP) – After the parliamentary elections in Albania, there is still no winner. According to media reports, the extremely narrow outcome of the battle for 140 seats had to wait for the votes to be counted by the central election commission in Tirana.

The election committee said this could take until Tuesday. No real conclusions could be drawn from the first partial results and polls on election day.

All that was certain was that Prime Minister Edi Rama’s Socialist Party (PS) would once again become the strongest party. It was not initially clear whether this would be enough for Rama to take on a third term in a row.

On Monday morning, the Electoral Commission published the status after counting 27 percent of the polling stations. Accordingly, the PS received almost 50 percent of the vote, the opposition Democratic Party (PD) 39 percent. The Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI), allied with the PD, is said to have seven percent of the voters behind it, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) of controversial businessman Tom Doshi two percent. In Albania, there is a one percent barrier to entry into parliament.

The partial result hardly allows any conclusions to be drawn about the outcome of the elections. The information from the election commission did not reveal how it was distributed across the country. Traditionally, voters in certain parts of the country prefer the PS, in others the PD.

According to a forecast by TV broadcaster Ora News, based on polls on Election Day, the PS had 68 to 72 seats, the National Conservative PD 64 to 68 seats. The LSI can count on two to five parliamentary seats, the PSD on one or two.

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