Vote for president on 4th June


Following the unsuccessful attempt to elect a president yesterday, the Albanian parliament will try again on 4th June.

The ruling Democratic Party had hoped to see the election of Zhezair Zaganjori, a former Constitutional Court judge, but the move was resisted by the Socialist Party who claimed that the appointment was being forced through without consultation.

The winner must get a three fifths majority in one of the first three rounds. If that fails then a simple majority kicks in, but the trouble is that this would lead to a president being elected by the ruling majority. For a largely ceremonial role this would be seen as inappropriate because consensus is required. This is what the Socialists are using to force a further vote.

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