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Albania: Parties May Still Boycott Election

Tirana, 16 May 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Albania's Socialists said today they and other parties might still boycott elections planned for next month, and would meet to discuss the issue.

The elections are seen as a key element to prevent more unrest in Albania, which exploded into violence in February and March after thousands of people lost their life savings when pyramid investment schemes collapsed.

New elections had seemed to be back on track in the early hours of the morning after European envoy Franz Vranitzky persuaded parliament to pass a new electoral law.

But the Socialist Party, the country's second largest political party, said that it and the other parties boycotted the vote and were still unhappy with the legislation.

The Socialist Party said it was still worried about the new law submitted by the national unity government formed amid the March riots.