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Albania’s leaders end three-hour meeting on political deadlock

Presidency of Albania; Photo: Institution of the President of the Republic of Albania

ata_maliTIRANA – Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and the main opposition Democratic Party leader, Lulzim Basha, met to negotiate a compromise to defuse the political deadlock in the country on Wednesday, ATA reports.

PM Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha held a three-hour meeting at the office of President of Republic Bujar Nishani, who had called leaders of the two main parties to sit down and try to resolve the political crisis.

Both Rama and Basha made no immediate public comments on the meeting.

The meeting comes after the President’s offer for negotiations between majority and opposition and a video conference between the DP’s leadership and the European People’s Party President Joseph Daul a day ago.

The centre-right opposition has boycotted the parliament since February, calling for Socialist PM to step down and creation of a caretaker government that would see the parliamentary elections. DP and smaller parties in opposition have threatened to escalate protest and start “a civil disobedience” starting with the mayoral elections in the western town of Kavaja this weekend.

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