Albanian parties hit election impasse
May 6, 1997
Web posted at: 5:59 p.m. EDT (2159 GMT)
TIRANA, Albania (CNN) -- Albania's political parties were at
an impasse on Tuesday, unable to agree on a voting system for
June elections. The balloting is aimed at restoring stability
to Europe's poorest country, which slid into anarchy earlier
this year after the collapse of get-rich-quick investment
schemes robbed thousands of their life savings.
Despite the deadlock, the appointed government led by Prime
Minister Bashkim Fino is expected to approve a draft election
law. But the measure could hit problems when it goes before
parliament, where the Democratic Party of President Sali
Berisha holds the majority.
Separately, Italy said on Tuesday it had repatriated a total
of 2,712 Albanian "undesirables" -- almost one-fifth of all
those who have fled to Italy to escape the recent chaos in
Reuters contributed to this report.
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