PM Rama (pictured here) accuses the president of abusing office by picking political sides [File: Anadolu]

Tirana, Albania – A parliamentary resolution approved by 100 votes to seven has censured Albania’s President Ilir Meta for cancelling nationwide local elections, scheduled for June 30.

“The constitution and electoral law do not allow the president to cancel the election,” the resolution passed on Thursday said, calling Meta’s action “unprecedented” and accusing him of “denying the right of Albanians to elect their representatives”.

Meta had asked the ruling Socialist Party and the opposition Democratic Party to compromise on an alternative date for the elections to the country’s 61 mayoral districts.

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The Democratic Party, which withdrew its MPs from parliament in February, said it won’t

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