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NOTICE OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS – Satisfaction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the conduct of elections in Albania

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has welcomed the conduct of the elections in Albania on Sunday, 25 April. Italy praises the excellent organisation of the electoral process, as indicated by the OSCE/ODIHR in its preliminary report. In particular, the professionalism and transparency demonstrated by the Central Electoral Commission and its Commissioner Ilirjan Celibashi. Complaints of alleged fraud and irregularities will have to be assessed scrupulously and in full compliance with the procedures laid down in the electoral code.
The elections of Sunday 25 April contribute positively to the consolidation of democratic processes in Albania and represent a significant step forward on its path towards Europe. After the electoral confrontation, it is now essential that all political actors are fully committed to the country’s good and contribute to the consolidation of democratic institutions that find their crucial point of reference in an entirely legitimate and functioning Parliament.
Italy hopes that all political forces will work cohesively to support the strategic objective represented by Albania’s entry into the European Union through a constructive and respectful dialogue between the majority and the opposition. Such dialogue will allow the country to face future challenges successfully. Italy will continue to support with firm conviction the Albanian institutions and the legitimate aspirations of the Albanian people to be part of the European family.

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