Albanian parliamentary election, 2013
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Parliamentary elections were held in Albania on 23 June 2013. The result was a victory for the Alliance for a European Albania led by the Socialist Party and its leader, Edi Rama. Incumbent Prime Minister Sali Berisha of the Democratic Party-led Alliance for Employment, Prosperity and Integration conceded defeat on 26 June, widely viewed as a sign of growing democratic maturity in Albania.
The 140 members of Parliament were elected in twelve multi-member constituencies analogous to the country's twelve counties. Within the constituencies, seats are elected by closed list proportional representation, with an electoral threshold of 3% for parties and 5% for alliances.
Prior to the election two major coalitions were formed, whilst four parties and two independent candidates ran alone. In total there were 66 parties.
- Alliance for Employment, Prosperity and Integration (Aleanca për Punësim, Mirëqenie dhe Integrim) is a coalition of 25 centrist and center-right parties. It is lead by the Prime Minister, Sali Berisha.
- Alliance for a European Albania (Aleanca për Shqipërinë Europiane) is a big tent coalition containing 37 opposition parties that vary from far left to right-wing. It is lead by the Leader of the Opposition, Edi Rama.
The Central Election Commission was criticised for not replacing three of the seven member committee who had resigned in April following a dispute between the government and the opposition.
|Socialist Movement for Integration||180,470||10.46||16||+12|
|Unity for Human Rights Party||14,722||0,85||1||0|
|Social Democracy Party of Albania||11,891||0.69||0||0|
|Social Democratic Party of Albania||10,220||0.59||0||0|
|Christian Democratic Party||7,993||0,46||1||New|
|Real Socialist Party 91||6,135||0.36||0||0|
|Democratic Party for Integration and Prosperity||4,550||0.26||0||New|
|National Arbnore Alliance||3,575||0.21||0||New|
|Moderated Socialist Party||3,119||0.18||0||New|
|Law and Justice Party||2,489||0.14||0||0|
|Albanian Future Party||2,284||0.13||0||New|
|Party for the Defence of the Rights of the Emigrants||2,275||0.13||0||0|
|Albanian Social Labour Party||2,174||0.13||0||New|
|Albanian Party of Democratic Reforms||1,371||0.08||0||0|
|Albanian Communist Party of 8 November||1,352||0,08||0||New|
|Party of the Liberal Right Thought||1,210||0.07||0||New|
|Democratic Movement for Change||1,159||0.07||0||New|
|Albanian Labour Party||955||0.06||0||New|
|Albanian Communist Party||901||0.05||0||New|
|Path of Freedom Party||808||0.05||0||0|
|Alliance for European Equality and Justice||728||0.04||0||New|
|Reorganised Albanian Labour Party||622||0,03||0||New|
|Albanian Homeland Party||555||0.03||0||New|
|Albanian National Reconciliation Party||545||0.03||0||New|
|National Unity Party||513||0.03||0||New|
|Albanian Movement for Justice||508||0.03||0||New|
|Albanian Republican Unon||489||0.03||0||New|
|Albanian Affairs Party||476||0.03||0||New|
|Party of Disabled People||459||0.03||0||New|
|Christian Democratic Alliance||416||0.02||0||New|
|Albanian Workers Movement Party||316||0.02||0||New|
|New Tolerance Party||287||0.02||0||0|
|Party for Justice, Integration and Unity||44,957||2.61||4||+3|
|Christian Democratic Party||13,288||0.77||0||0|
|Legality and Unity of the Right||6,089||0.35||0||0|
|Movement for National Development||5,429||0.31||0||0|
|National Front Party||4,868||0.28||0||0|
|Party for the Future of the Greek Minority||3,305||0.19||0||New|
|Liberal Democratic Union||2,681||0.16||0||0|
|Environmentalist Agrarian Party||2,640||0.15||0||0|
|Albanian Emigration Party||2,325||0.13||0||New|
|New Albania Movement||2,320||0.13||0||New|
|Democratic National Front Party||2,242||0.13||0||0|
|Democratic Alliance Party||1,384||0.08||0||0|
|Macedonian Alliance for European Integration||1,229||0.07||0||0|
|Albanian Christian Democratic Movement||1,190||0.07||0||New|
|Alliance for Democracy and Solidarity||1,065||0.06||0||0|
|New European Democracy Party||970||0.06||0||0|
|Time of Albania||770||0.04||0||New|
|Party of the Real Albanian Path||635||0.04||0||New|
|Albanian Democratic Union Party||606||0.04||0||New|
|Party of Denied Rights||554||0.03||0||New|
|New Party of Denied Rights||550||0.03||0||0|
|Peoples Union of Albanian Retirees Party||406||0.02||0||New|
|New Democratic Spirit||29,310||1.70||0||New|
|Red and Black Alliance||10,196||0.59||0||New|
|League for Justice and Progress||1,068||0.06||0||New|
|Christian Democratic People's Party of Albania||416||0.02||0||New|
|Source: CEC, IFES|
Early on election day both Sali Berisha and Edi Rama claimed victory. On 25 June, Edi Rama gave his victory speech saying, "I will be your prime minister, but also your prime servant. The duty will be mine; the authority will be yours." On 26 June, after vote counting was finally complete, the outgoing Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, publicly accepted the result, took responsibility for the loss, resigned from his functions in the Democratic Party, and wished his opponent well in his new duties.
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