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Majority of Albanians against early elections
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12:39, July 14, 2007

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Over sixty percent of Albanians are against early elections that might be forced onto them if the current political deadlock over selection of a new head of state is not broken, a new survey shows.

The poll, released on Thursday, found that 61 percent of respondents said that early elections would have a negative impact on Albania, while 22 percent said that early elections would be positive.

The survey by the Democratic Institute for International Issues and the research company Agenda was conducted while negotiations to select a new president were mired in a deadlock.

Albanian parliament has failed twice to elect a new president, keeping open the prospects of early general elections in the tiny western Balkan country. The Socialist Party-led opposition coalition, run by Tirana Mayor Edi Rama, boycotted Tuesday's second round of voting in the parliament in protest over the ruling Democrats' decision not to support a consensus candidate proposed by the opposition.

Albanian parliament will go to the third round of voting on Saturday. The country's constitution stipulates that, if a president is not selected in five rounds of voting, the chamber will be dissolved and elections held within 60 days.

Albanian President Alfred Moisiu's five-year term will expire on July 24.

Source: Xinhua

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