Parliament fails to elect president for second time


The Albanian Parliament failed for the second time yesterday to elect a president to replace incumbent President Bamir Topi.

President Topi stands down on 24th July by which time a new president must have been elected by parliament or a general election will be called. The parliament has five attempts before the election would be triggered.

The two main players in the dispute, Prime Minister Salé Berisha and opposition leader Edi Rama met on Sunday for the first time in five years but failed to come to any agreement.

Another attempt is likely to be made later this week.

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