With the approved changes, Albania will be split into new administrative divisions and regions.Currently, Albania is divided into 61 municipalities and 12 regions. Changing this would require amending the law on territorial division and the Electoral Code.

The parliamentary election is scheduled for next spring.

Last week, the Parliament adopted the electoral reform which was agreed upon by the ruling and opposition parties, but which did not include changes to the electoral system.

Electoral reform in line with OSCE / ODIHR recommendations has been one of the conditions for Albania to hold its first intergovernmental conference with the EU.

Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha condemns the changes

Democratic Party (DP) leader Lulzim Basha reacted on Thursday after the constitutional changes were approved in Parliament, noting that Prime Minister Edi Rama has violated the constitution and the history of the country, Albanian Daily News reported.

“The interest of the citizens was violated. Today, the half-parliament violated the laws and constitution. Our common history. They violated the consensus”, Basha said adding that never before has the Constitution been changed unilaterally and without the consensus of the opposition.

Extra-parliamentary opposition has criticized the reform due to the way it would impact the forming of the pre-election coalitions, which it claims would benefit the Socialist Party.