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ATA News from Albania, 96-10-25

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From: The Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) Home Page at <http://www.telpress.it/ata>

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] PCEC ISSUES LOCAL ELECTION FIRST ROUND RESULTS
  • [02] SERBIAN OPPOSITION DEMANDS FROM POLICE TO REGISTER ALBANIAN POPULATION IN KOSOVA AND EXPEL 300 000 ALBANIANS
  • [03] PRESS REVIEW
  • [04] EXPERTS OF WHO EXAMINE 900 FILES OF POISONED PUPILS IN TETOVA
  • [05] EX-DEPUTY INTERIOR MINISTER LETTER SHOWS HIS TIES WITH TERRORISTS
  • [06] LET US SUPPORT DP IN THE RUNOFF - HRUP
  • [07] SP'S STRATEGY IN LOCAL VOTE WAS WRONG - SP deputy chairmen
  • [08] OCT.20 ELECTIONS SHOW A POLITICAL CONSOLIDATION OF THE RIGHT WING
  • [09] ALBANIAN DELEGATION TAKES PART IN BSEC
  • [10] THIRD NATIONAL DENTAL CONFERENCE HELD IN TIRANA
  • [11] SOCIALIST PARTY CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS HIS CANDIDACY
  • [12] INSTITUTE "ROBERT SCHUMANN" OF EUCD HAILS DP POLLS VICTORY
  • [13] BALKAN CHILDREN SONG FESTIVAL OPENS IN TIRANA

  • [01] PCEC ISSUES LOCAL ELECTION FIRST ROUND RESULTS

    TIRANA, OCT 24 (ATA) - The Permanent Central Electoral Commission issued Thursday the results of the first round of the October 20 local elections, in which the Democratic Party won the majority of municipalities and communes.

    According to the PCEC results, the Democratic Party won in 37 municipalities and 193 communes, the Socialist Party in four municipalities and 12 communes, the Human Rights Union Party in six communes, the Christian Democratic Party in one commune, while in the Vau i Dejes municipality won the independent candidate, Nard Lazer Ndokaj.

    The elections are totally over in 42 out of 64 municipalities and in 212 out of 309 communes.

    The Democratic Party won in these elections 88 % of the municipalities, and the Socialist Party 10 %.

    As a whole the DP has won 91 %, the SP 6 %, the HRUP 3 % and the CDP 0 % of the municipalities.

    For Municipalities Councils, on which the voting was held based on proportional criteria, the DP has gained 52.49 % of the vote for 488 councillors, the SP 31.19 % of the vote for 324 councillors, while the parties who came out third include the Centre Pole (the Alliance: the Social Democratic Party and the Alliance Democratic Party) with 38 councillors by 3.09 % followed by the Republican Party with 37 councillors, the National Front Party (Balli Kombetar) by 2.39% with 25 councillors and the Human Rights Union Party 2.333% with 30 counselors, the Social Democratic Union Party 1% with 12 councillors, while the other parties have won less than 1% of the councillors.

    Runoff ballot will be held in 118 municipalities and communes on Sunday.

    The runoff ballot will be held mostly between two main parties, the DP and SP, but there will also be runoff ballot between other parties, like the DP and the Shkodra Right Wing League, between an alliance of the National Front Party and Legaliteti, the DP and Social Democratic Union Party, the DP and Republican Party, the DP and Centre Pole, the DP and Human Rights Union Party. /kei/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] SERBIAN OPPOSITION DEMANDS FROM POLICE TO REGISTER ALBANIAN POPULATION IN KOSOVA AND EXPEL 300 000 ALBANIANS

    PRISTINA, OCT 25 (ATA) - The Serbian opposition is being presented during the electoral campaign more radical than the position regarding the solution of Kosova issue, stressed Information Center of Kosova.

    During the presentation of the programs of their parties, several leaders of the opposition remembered the period of the Serbian rallies, in which the abolition of Kosova autonomy was requested, and it was violently removed against the political will of Albanians.

    During the presentation of the coalition program "Everybody together", held in the sports centre "Boro and Ramiz" in Pristina, the chairman of the Serbian Democratic Party, Zoran Gigic, addressing to some 300 participants, members and supporters of the Serbian opposition , accused MilouseviÁ of realizing none of the promises for Kosova and stressed that "the Socialist Party and its alliances are preparing a scenario of federalism, similar to that of the former Yugoslav federation. But such federation will end the same as the federation of the former Yugoslavia," said Gingic.

    "The democrat" GingiÁ was engaged in the functioning of the "juridical state" in Kosova and added that "it is not known how many Albanians live in Kosova, because they have not responded to the registration of the population".

    He accused President MilouseviÁ on his agreement to return the Albanian people who have requested asylum in Germany, and asked by the Serbian police, who protect MilouseviÁ, to go to Kosova and make the registration of the Albanian population, in order to verify the number of the Albanians who live in Kosova," he said.

    Such a police registration, according to Zoran Gigig, will show the real number of Albanians who live as "emigrants" in Kosova, and on this basis there will be held talks with the Albanian representatives of Kosova, to return to Albania 300 000 "Albanian emigrants". /p.ta/pas/mt/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] PRESS REVIEW

    TIRANA, OCT 25 (ATA)- Today's Rilindja Demokratike carries the final results of the first round local elections, according to which the Democratic Party has won the majority of city halls and communes. The paper also covers the meetings of the chairman of Democratic Party of Albania, Tritan Shehu, in the districts of Pogradec and Korca, in the context of the electoral campaign for the runoff poll.

    Zeri i Popullit says that: "All to the runoff ballot for the victory of the socialist candidates". The paper also says that "The manipulations and irregularities of the October 20 elections continue to be denounced and the results issued arbitrarily on several communes and municipalities should be annulled".

    Republika says that:"The electorate denounces the political stagnation through abstention". The paper says that the Democratic Culture Association that observed the elections has reached the conclusion that they "were free and calm".

    The Centre Pole says that:"The first round results are issued but participation in voting is kept secret", as well as "Tereska (PCEC chairman) avoids clarifications on violations".

    Albania says that:"The triumph of democrats made official". The paper carries new facts on the organisation "Albanian Justice revenge", according to which former interior minister says in a letter that:"The interception of the archives drives us all to ruin".

    Tribuna carries an interview of President Berisha with the Italian newspaper "La Stampa" under the title:"The communist opposition is unimportant". The paper covers the meetings of the DP leaders, Tritan Shehu and Albert Brojka, in the course of the electoral campaign for the runoff ballot.

    Dita Informacion says that referring to the Greek press: "The votes of the Albanian Greeks have been stolen". The paper carries an analysis of writer Dritero Agolli on the October 20 local elections under the title:"The opposition needs a symbol".

    Rilindja says that the U.S. Congress asks international protectorate for Kosova". The paper also reports that the President of Kosova, Ibrahim Rugova, has been awarded the title "Doctor Honoris Causa" of the Paris University.

    Koha Jone says that :"The banks are empty. Credits are converted into usuries". The paper also carries the results of the first round of local elections in Albania.

    Gazeta Shqiptare carries the results of the October 20 elections first round. The paper says that the newly elected mayor of Roskoveci town has been injured at a bar by one of his relatives. kei/lm/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] EXPERTS OF WHO EXAMINE 900 FILES OF POISONED PUPILS IN TETOVA

    SKOPJE, OCT 25 (ATA) - The group of foreign experts, members of the World Health Organization (WHO), made up of toxicologists, pedriaticians and epidemiologists, stayed last week in Macedonia to examine the cases of the masiv intoxication of the Albanian pupils in schools of Tetova and its surroundings, and examined some 900 files of the kids, treated in the Health Center of Tetova, Information Center of Kosova reported.

    The specialists' team visited the Medical Middle School, Textile Middle School in Tetova, and the elementary school "Abdyl Frasheri", in Bogovina village.

    The WHO specialists examined cases where the symptoms and causes of intoxication are still present. /p.ta/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] EX-DEPUTY INTERIOR MINISTER LETTER SHOWS HIS TIES WITH TERRORISTS

    TIRANA, OCT 25 (ATA)- A letter of the Albanian ex-deputy Interior Minister during the communist regime, Hajredin Shyti, written several days after the arrest of his sons, Leart and Orik Shyti, protagonists of "Albanian justice revenge" terrorist organisation, testifies to his ties with this organisation, newspaper Albania reports today.

    The letter sent to two of his relatives shows that Hajredin Shyti is much more interested in covering up some traces of a clandestine activity still to be enlightened than concerned over the arrest of his older son Leart and the hunting down of his younger son Orik.

    "I am afraid they have got hold of all the archives, this would be my greatest catastrophe, says the letter, whose facsimile is published by the newspaper.

    Later he advises his relatives to find a letter "at the place you know which if found would drive the persons concerned to ruin".

    The letter also expresses tension over the difficulties created to him to communicate with the outside, since after the arrest of Leart Shyti and many of the organisation's accomplices.

    In another extract Shyti asks his relatives to send a letter to the newspaper Koha Jone for publication, Albania says.

    The terrorist organisation members have committed over 26 crimes, including killings, bank armed robberies and car-bomb blast at the VEFA supermarket, in the Tirana centre. kei/lm

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] LET US SUPPORT DP IN THE RUNOFF - HRUP

    TIRANA, OCT. 25 9ATA) - By R Floqi: The Human Rights Union Party invites its electorate to support the Democratic Party in the second round of elections the coming Sunday.

    "The HRUP electorate should by all means support the Democratic Party in the constituencies which will have a second round such as in the districts of Saranda, Delvina, Gjirokastra, Southern Albania, for the municipalities of three cities where it competes for the post of the mayor, because only in DP the Human Rights Union Party may see its best ally," told ATA the member of the leading council of this party and former chairman of the district council of Saranda, Vasil Cako.

    In the first round of elections for town-halls and communes on October 20, the HRUP won in six communes, thus having in national level 30 advisers and 2.33 per cent of the votes for the members of the district communes. kei/xh/z/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] SP'S STRATEGY IN LOCAL VOTE WAS WRONG - SP deputy chairmen

    TIRANA, OCT. 25 (ATA) - By Atlant Frasheri: The strategy followed by the Socialist party in the local elections on October 20 was wrong, told ATA two SP deputy chairmen Luan Hajdaraga and Ilir Meta.

    They said that the loss in these elections was not a result of manipulations or law violations, as SP leaders said in Sunday's news conference.

    "There is no doubt that the strategy of the party in the local vote was not correct. I agree with what papers write that 'affairs with the electorate could not be solved in cafes.'" Berisha, although having the power, went to meet the electorate himself in every village," said Luan Hajdaraga, presently released from his post as deputy chairman of SP in the second congress of the SPA.

    In the Monday's news conference, SP secretary general Rexhep Mejdani said that "October 20 polls were another farce after those of May 26 and that these elections were held in a tense political situation."

    Asked how he considered the October 20 elections, Hajdaraga said that "with regard to these elections my considerations are positive, firstly because they were held conformed to the election law in a very stable and calm political situation, and secondly, they marked a great leap forward as compared with May 26, 1996 elections."

    Rexhep Mejdani, Namik Dokle and Kastriot Islami, SP leaders, said in Monday's news conference that "the elections were rigged by the party in power, by using a new strategy."

    In the mean time, Hajdaraga said that "some technical or procedural irregularities, that might have been noted in some set points cannot harm the image of Oct. 20 polls, which did finally open to Albania a clear road towards democracy."

    "I would like that the irregularities in the first round be corrected in the second one and the Oct. 20 polls give everybody a really full image of a democracy which is now being consolidated in Albania," said Hajdaraga.

    "From a general consideration, I would say that a part of the socialist electorate has not take part in elections. This fact, which needs an attentive analysis by the party, may be linked with a crisis of confidence of the socialist electorate or with other factors. This is to be analysed in the party's forum." According to PCEC sources, the participation in the October 20 elections varies from 70-73 per cent. kei/xh/Z/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] OCT.20 ELECTIONS SHOW A POLITICAL CONSOLIDATION OF THE RIGHT WING

    TIRANA, OCT. 25 (ATA) - Two parties of the Albanian right wing, the party of Balli Kombetar and the Movement of Legality which will face a runoff for some municipalities and communes, consider the Oct. 20 turnout as a consolidation of their political wing.

    The Party of Balli Kombetar stresses through a declaration that with the Oct. 20 elections "the Albanian people dealt the last blow to communism in Albania and to the efforts to restore it," whereas a declaration of the party Movement of Legality says that "Today, after 50 years of legal political struggle between the authentic Albanian right and left,... the smog that communism had placed on Albanian monarchy is being dispersed."

    Both these parties have linked in alliance and will compete with DP in the second round of polls for the municipality of the Shkodra city.

    These parties consider the Right League of Shkodra (consisting of a union of the branches of these two parties in the city of Shkodra) as "the initiative that will establish the proper equilibrium in Albania."

    Legaliteti declares that "finally a real triumph and authority is being given to the right wing in Albania."

    "October 20 local vote was a step forward as compared with May 26, 1996 poll, says the declaration of Balli Kombetar.

    Balli Kombetar won 2.39 per cent of the votes and Legaliteti 0.56 per cent on October 20. Balli Kombetar will face a runoff in five communes, in southern Albania and Legaliteti in Tropoja (Northern Albania.) jz/xh/Z/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] ALBANIAN DELEGATION TAKES PART IN BSEC

    TIRANA, Oct. 20 (ATA) - An official Albanian delegation led by Prime Minister Aleksander Meksi yesterday reached Moscow to take part in a meeting of the heads of states and governments of the countries which are members of the BSEC forum. In the Moscow airport the delegation was welcomed by the Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the Science and Technique Committee of the Russian Federation, V.J. Frolov.

    A high ranking meeting which was held in Hotel President was proceeded by another meeting of the senior officials of the foreign ministries in which the Albanian delegation was represented by Foreign Deputy Minister Arjan Starova.

    Attending the meeting were the President of Turkey, Demirel, of Bulgaria Zhelev, of Armenia Ter-Petrosian, of Georgia Shevardnadze, of Ukraine Kushman, of Moldova Snegur, of Azerbaijan Aliev, the Prime Minister of Russia, Cernomirdin, Premier of Greece, Simitis, of Romania Vakaroju and the Albanian Prime Minister Meksi.

    In his address Mr Meksi described BSEC as a successful pattern of regional cooperation. "We are gathered here," said Meksi, "to once more confirm our common viewpoints for the perspective of the region, for its peace, stability and prosperity."

    Focusing on Albania's commitments, Mr Meksi mentioned its cooperation with Italy, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey in transport for the East-West corridor and in telecommunication, the cooperation with the above countries for the transbalkan link and the ADRIA project together with Greece and Croatia. Meksi demanded a harmonization and facilitation in the customs procedures.

    Premier Meksi is continuing his bilateral meetings with the leaders of the delegations and his counterparts present in Moscow. ssh/jz/xh/Z/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] THIRD NATIONAL DENTAL CONFERENCE HELD IN TIRANA

    TIRANA, OCT. 25 (ATA) - By Mimoza Allushi: AHF (U.S.) and EEHF (Canada) in cooperation with the Department of Stomatology of the Albanian Faculty of Medicine, the Student Centre of the Tirana University held their third national dental conference in Hotel Tirana today.

    These two non government organizations of North America have longsince helped the cultural and economic integration of Albania into the European community. Representatives of these two organizations, who are renowned specialists in medicine and dental surgery, come to Albania every year to demonstrate and introduce latest dental scientific achievements.

    Through illustrations, the renowned names of world and Albanian medicine such as Savas Fortis D.D.S., Norman Miller D.D.S. Prof. Dr Keneth Bentley, Dr Mirela Bogdani, Prof Dr Pavli Kongo, Prof Dr Foto Toti, Dr Nazmi Koci and others brought in the conference the latest achievements of dental science.

    Present in the conference also were Mr David Kilgour, deputy chairman of the Canadian Parliament, Mr William Johnson M.D. President of AHF and deputy minister of Health and Dr Mentor Petrela, General Director of the Student Centre of the Tirana University.jz/xh/Z/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [11] SOCIALIST PARTY CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS HIS CANDIDACY

    TIRANA, OCT. 25 (ATA) - By Z Mulaj: Candidate of the Socialist party for the post of the chairman of the commune of Gurres, Mat district, Qazim Gjoni, has withdrawn his candidacy for the second round of elections due on October 27, 1996.

    "I, alone, cannot hold socialism," said Gjoni thus motivating his political "loneliness."

    The victory of the candidates of the Democratic Party in all the communes and the municipality of the Mat district and the great loss of the political subject he represents in local vote, according to close sources with Gjon, have "frightened" him, and made him withdraw his candidacy for commune chairman only three days before the runoff. ssh/xh/Z/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [12] INSTITUTE "ROBERT SCHUMANN" OF EUCD HAILS DP POLLS VICTORY

    TIRANA, OCT. 25 (ATA) - Institute "Robert Schumann" of the European Christian Democrat Union (EUCD) with headquarters in Hungary, hails the victory of the Democratic Party in the October 20 polls, DP's press department reports.

    "It is a special pleasure to hail DP and the wise Albanian people in my name and that of the Institute Robert Schumann," said Dr Marta Szalo, directress of this Institute.

    "We assure you that the Institute, just like before, will support and provide you assistance in the qualification of the new leaders, for a reliable future towards western democracy," said Dr Szala. ssh/jz/xh/Z/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [13] BALKAN CHILDREN SONG FESTIVAL OPENS IN TIRANA

    TIRANA, OCT. 25 (ATA) - By Flora Nikolla: The Balkan Children Song Festival started in the International Centre of Culture in Tirana today afternoon.

    Little artists from Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Macedonia, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Albania and Pristine, for three days will bring in Tirana the message of friendship and good will for the peninsula we live in.

    The participating countries will be represented in the festival with only two songs besides other songs to greet the festival.

    The festival has two juries, one with representatives of the participating countries and another with little singers, who have the right to vote but not to sing in the festival.

    The Great Prize is that of the Albanian Ministry of Culture, besides other prizes by the Tirana Municipality, the Democratic Women League and the Coca Cola Company. ssh/xh/


    From the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) Home Page at http://www.telpress.it/ata


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