Albania president says opposition boycott should not hurt EU bid

President Topi said he hoped political dialogue with the opposition would be established soon.

Albania president says opposition boycott should not hurt EU bid

Albania's president said on Tuesday that democracy was functioning in his country and the opposition's boycott of parliament after a election should not hurt a bid to join the EU.

"Albanian democracy is functioning, institutions are being consolidated on a daily basis," President Bamir Topi told a news conference during a visit to Slovenia. "I don't think there is any element that could prevent Albania's integration in the European Union."

The Socialists have been boycotting parliament since the June 28 general election, which gave the ruling Democratic Party a second mandate by the smallest margin in any election held since the end of communism in the Balkan state.

On Saturday, opposition supporters gathered in the capital Tirana to demand a recount of votes.

Western observers said the June vote marked an improvement on the previous ballots but had still fallen short of the highest international standards.

Topi said he hoped political dialogue with the opposition would be established soon.

"I have made all the appeals I could to strengthen, establish political dialogue because no rational solution is possible in a democratic state without a political dialogue," he said.

The European Commission is on Wednesday due to issue a progress report on a number of EU applicant countries, among them Albania.


Reuters

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