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Albanian parties hit election impasse

Tirana, Albania 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 their country.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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