Albania's left-wing coalition leader Edi Rama to form new cabinet in September.

By bne IntelliNews July 1, 2013

Edi Rama, the leader of the left-wing opposition that won Albania’s June 23 general elections, will form the country's new government in September, the press office of Rama's Socialist Party (SP) said in a statement.

Rama discussed the issue at a meeting with Ilir Meta, the head of the Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI), which will be a coalition partner in the new cabinet. The two leaders agreed also that Meta will serve as a speaker of the national assembly. Meanwhile, experts from the two parties will set up a working group in order to draft a detailed work plan for the first 300 governing days. The programme will be made public in September as well.

The preliminary results of Albania’s June 23 general elections showed the Socialist-led coalition “Alliance for a European Albania” (ASHE) winning 84 mandates in the 140-seat parliament against 56 seats for DP-led coalition – “Alliance for Employment, Prosperity and Integration” (APMI).

Albanian PM and head of the Democratic Party (DP), Sali Berisha, decided to resign from his functions at the party, which he chaired for the last 22 years, after the election defeat.

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