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Final Results In Albania Delayed


http://gdb.rferl.org/60099E78-988D-43C7-8EFC-18552D87F7FD_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/60099E78-988D-43C7-8EFC-18552D87F7FD_mw800_mh600.jpg Central Election Commission Chairman Ilirian Celibashi speaking in Tirana on 5 July 5 July 2005 (RFE/RL) --Albania's Central Election Commission says former Albanian president Sali Berisha's opposition Democratic Party is leading in the 3 July parliamentary poll.

But the commission failed to produce definite results as the ballot counting is progressing slowly and still hitting snags.

The commission said final results will be available either late tonight or on 6 July.

Berisha already declared victory last night and his party held celebrations throughout the country.

Prime Minister Fatos Nano's Socialist Party has already begun complaining about alleged vote rigging.

With tension building, President Alfred Moisiu warned the commission to speed up the announcement of results, but the commission blamed the parties, saying their local officials were causing delays.

On 4 July, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in a joint statement with the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, said the poll failed to fully meet democratic norms.

(dpa/AFP)

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