Albanian parliament to hold third round of presidential vote on June 8.

By bne IntelliNews June 8, 2012
The Albanian lawmakers decided on Thursday (June 7) to hold the third round of voting for electing the countrys new president on Friday (June 8), ATA news agency reported. The parliament has already made two unsuccessful attempts to vote because the ruling majority and the opposition failed to find consensus on the nomination. Fridays vote is not expected to bring a final result too since this requires the support of a qualified 3/5 majority. The voting could be successful in the fourth, or in the fifth session, which is the last possible, with a simple majority, or 71 votes. The ruling Democratic Party (DP) holds 70 mandates in the parliament and its small coalition partner, the Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI), has four seats. SP-led opposition controls the remaining 66 mandates. The mandate of the current Albanian president Bamir Topi expires on July 24.

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