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Mogherini, Hahn on Albanian elections: Continuation of justice reform to be of particular importance

Mogherini, Hahn; Photo: European Parliament

BRUSSELS – Albania’s parliamentary elections on 25 June took place in a calm and orderly manner. Citizens benefited from a broad political offer at an important stage of Albania’s EU integration process, reads a statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the parliamentary elections in Albania.

They stated that according to the preliminary conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission, the electoral contestants were able to campaign freely and fundamental freedoms of assembly and expression were respected.

“The electoral framework generally provided an adequate basis for the conduct of democratic elections,” they stated.

“We take note of the reserves expressed by observers regarding the politicisation of electoral bodies and the inconsistent application of the law. We expect appropriate follow up to the preliminary findings of the Election Observation Mission will be ensured, notably regarding allegations of vote-buying and pressure on voters as well as interference by unauthorised party activists, which can undermine public confidence in elections,” Mogherini and Hahn pointed out.

They added that once the electoral process has been completed, they will engage with the new government to support the reform process and proceed on the EU integration process.

“The continuation of the justice reform and the fight against drug trafficking and cultivation will be of particular importance in this respect,” the statement highlighted.

“We also look forward to continuing our partnership with Albania to promote regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations”, Mogherini and Hahn concluded.

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