According to Albania’s Central Electoral Commission, CEC, preliminary results show that the Socialist Party, PS, in power since 2013, won 51.39 per cent, after 30 per cent of votes have been counted.
The opposition Democrats, led by Lulzim Basha, came second with 28.53 per cent, while the junior partner in the ruling coalition, the Socialist Movement for Integration, LSI, came third with 15.65 per cent of votes.
PS’ results suggest that the party may be able to form the government alone, as it is likely to hold 76 of 140 seats in parliament.
According to CEC, the turnout was 45 per cent – one of the lowest ever reported for a general election in Albania.
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