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Opposition Leader's Party Declared Winner In Albania

1 September 2005 -- Opposition leader Sali Berisha's coalition has been declared winner of Albania's 3 July parliamentary elections.

The announcement today comes following weeks of delays in confirming final results.

Berisha's Democratic Party and its allies will return to power after eight years of Socialist government. They will control 80 seats in the new 140-member parliament.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitored the election. The OSCE said the poll marked an improvement but still fell short of international standards.

Berisha is a 60-year-old cardiologist. He served as Albania's president from 1992 to 1997, the country's first elected postcommunist president. He will now be the country's new prime minister.


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