5 July 2005 -- Further official parliamentary election results are expected to be released today in Albania.
Officials yesterday said preliminary results from about just 5 percent of the votes cast on 3 July indicated a lead for opposition leader Sali Berisha's Democratic Party over the Socialists of Prime Minister Fatos Nano.
A preliminary report by observers from the Organization For Security And Cooperation In Europe (OSCE) said the Albanian election complied only partially with international standards for democratic elections.
The report said the election day was generally peaceful, but noted the shooting death of a voting administrator in Tirana.
The Associated Press quotes police as saying one man was shot to death late yesterday during a celebration outside the Democratic Party office in Lushnje, south of Tirana. The report quotes police as saying a second man allegedly involved in the first killing was later shot dead by other people. The circumstances of the incident were not immediately clear.
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