Tirana; 11 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - Reports from Albania say eight people have died in continued violence since authorities last night announced results of parliamentary elections. The Central Electoral Commission says the Socialist Party and its allies, the Social Democrats, won a two-thirds majority of 116 seats in the 155-seat legislature. President Sali Berisha's Democratic Party won 27 seats.
The vote aimed to restore order to Albania after months of anarchy. But police today said armed gangs are continuing to control the southern port town of Vlore. More than 1,800 people have died in the chaos since March.
Foreign government officials and international organizations are due to meet in Rome at the end of this month to discuss further aid. Franz Vranitzky, Europe's chief envoy to Albania, has been invited along with Tirana's newly elected Socialist leaders.