Albanians vote in elections seen as test of democratic credentials

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Albanians cast their ballots in local elections at a polling station in the village of Surrel, near Tirana, on June 21, 2015

Albania went to the polls Sunday in local elections seen as a test of the Balkan country’s fragile democracy as it pushes to join the European Union. Since the fall of communism in the early 1990s, Albanian elections have been often marred by violence and accusations of fraud from all sides. Opposition leader Lulzim Basha, the mayor of the capital Tirana, has billed the vote as a “popular referendum against the ruling majority”, and has already warned they could be “fake and rigged”.

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