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Albania: Parliament Approves New Prime Minister


Tirana, 22 February 2002 (RFE/RL) -- The Albanian parliament early this morning voted in the government of new Prime Minister Pandeli Majko. Eighty-one legislators voted for Majko's cabinet and 42 against in the 140-member assembly.

The vote come after rival factions in Majko's socialist party overcame differences that brought down the last government of Ilir Meta.

But analysts say the underlying problem -- a personal power struggle between Meta and party Chairman Fatos Nano -- remains. Nano forced Meta to resign in January amid accusations of corruption against his ministers.

It took the 34-year-old Majko almost 10 days to put together a cabinet satisfactory to both factions of the party.

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