Balkans: October 3, 2000


Trouble with the Albanian elections - former Albanian president Sali Berisha said that the local elections held in his country on October 1 were "rigged" and fraudulent. The exact quote is telling. Berisha said the elections "were completely manipulated by the mafia in power." Berisha has been a consistent critic of Albanian political corruption. Berisha heads the Albanian Democratic Party. On October 2 Albania's ruling Socialist Party said it had won control of Tirana and other major cities in Albania.


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