Albanian Democratic Party votes for new chairman

By bne IntelliNews July 23, 2013

The Albanian Democratic Party of outgoing PM Sali Berisha held on July 22 its first ever vote for electing new chairman, Balkanweb informed. The voter turnout was low as only 41,000 of the total 105,000 party members voted.

The race for DP’s chair was opened after Berisha decided to resign from political activity, taking responsibility for the election defeat on June 23.

The two candidates running for his post are Sokol Olldashi, transport minister at the outgoing cabinet and Tirana mayor Lulzim Basha.

Olldashi served as a minister of interior and transport minister in Berisha’s first cabinet (2005-2009). Basha also served as minister of public works (2005-2007), foreign minister (2007-2009) and interior minister (2009-2011).

According to the preliminary results Basha is the most likely winner. Official results are expected to be announced on Tuesday (July 23).

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