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Albanian PM, opposition PD leader reach deal on general elections

Albanian PM, opposition PD leader reach deal on general elections PD/All rights reserved.

TIRANA (Albania), May 18 (SeeNews) - The leader of Albania's opposition Democratic Party (PD), Lulzim Basha, said he has reached a compromise with prime minister Edi Rama on the forthcoming general elections.

"More details on the agreement will be provided in the next 24 hours," Basha told reporters late on Wednesday after a meeting with Rama, as seen in a video, published by local broadcaster TopChannel.

The deal may postpone the elections, which are scheduled for June 18.

PD has until now refused to take part in the elections as it claims the coalition government is unable to organise a free and fair vote and a caretaker government should be appointed to do the job. PD and smaller opposition parties have been boycotting the parliament sessions since February, thus blocking the justice reform which is one of the conditions Albania should meet to open EU membership talks. EU and US officials visited the country several times in an effort to mediate a compromise between the government and the opposition.

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