Albanian President Calls on Embattled Parties to Initiate Dialogue over ElectionsRegion | April 19, 2017, Wednesday @ 09:41| 127 views
Albanian President Bujar Nishani called on the two main political parties, the Democrats and the Socialists, to initiate talks and to reach compromise on the contested elections that are supposed to take place on June 18.
The opposition Democratic Party said that it will not participate in the elections and missed the deadline to field a list of candidates. It demands that socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama steps down and that a technical Government is formed to implement electoral reforms. Rama said that he will take part in the elections even without the main opposition party.
"Mutual respect, respectful political behavior and working through the institutions are hallmarks of a mature country. History teaches us that dialogue is the best way forward", Nishani said in his appeal to both parties.
Rama has counted on international support from fellow socialist parties and had the German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Tirana to call on the opposition to participate in the elections. Gabriel, who comes from the German Social-Democratic Party also dismissed the request that a technical Government is formed.