Albanias ruling majority determined to pass immunity reform.

By bne IntelliNews August 31, 2012
Albanians ruling majority has expressed determination to use all legal means to approve amendments to the constitution that would strip high state officials of their immunity from prosecution, ATA news agency reported citing statement of assembly speaker Josefina Topalli. Albanian lawmakers are expected to renew discussion on the issue during the new parliamentary session, which is due to be launched on September 3, 2012. Albanias largest opposition Socialist party (SP) refused on August 6 to participate in the vote on the immunity changes, thus blocking the reform, which is considered an important step towards Albanias EU integration. The assembly is also expected to vote other amendments to the constitution regarding the election of high court judges and the general prosecutor.

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