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Albanian Assembly to hold third round of voting for President on Thursday

Albanian National Assembly, Tirana; Photo: WikiCommons / Pudelek

TIRANA – The Albanian Parliament will hold the third round of voting to elect the new president of the Republic of Albania on Thursday at 3.00 pm, ATA reports.

Two of five rounds of voting have already taken place to elect the new Head of State meanwhile in the first two rounds no candidates were running in the competition.

The voting is deemed complete even when no candidates are running as president. After Constitutional amendments in 2008, the fourth and fifth rounds of voting elect the new Head of State by a majority of 71 votes, while in preceding voting procedures the new president was elected by a qualified majority of 84 votes.

The succeeding round of voting follows the unsuccessful mission of the two MEPs, the chair of European Foreign Affairs Committee, David McAllister and the EP’s standing rapporteur on Albania, Knut Fleckenstein, who did not manage to provide solution to the political crisis in the country.

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