Opposition supporters attend an anti-government protest in front of PM Edi Rama’s office in Tirana, Albania [Florion Goga/Reuters]

Tirana, Albania – Albania‘s ruling Socialist Party is set to sweep away the last vestiges of opposition power on Sunday, in nationwide local elections that have deeply divided the country and the international community.

The main opposition parties, the Democratic Party (DP) and Socialist Integration Party (LSI), have refused to field candidates in the country’s 61 municipalities and urged their voters to stay home.

As a result, the outcome of the polls is not in doubt: the opposition will lose power in the 24 municipalities it currently controls.

The opposition boycott on Thursday prompted President Ilir Meta to announce a new date for the elections

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