Protests against Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama

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Protests started in Albania in mid-February 2019 on a weekly basis. The protestors demanded the creation of a contemporary cabinet and early general elections.

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In February, opposition politicians from the centre-right to the centre-left walked out of parliament in a protest demanding the resignation of Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama, who they accused of links to organized crime and of rigging votes. The opposition vowed to boycott local elections at the end of June.

On 10 June, president Ilir Meta called of local elections, citing the need to reduce political tensions in the country. Albanians voted on 30 June in local elections, despite opposition boycott and earlier threats of violent clashes and civil conflict.

Some of the protestors clashed with the police and threw Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and other objects at the entrance of the main government building in Albania's capital Tirana.

The political crisis was seen as a threat to the country's possibility of joining the European Union.

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EurActiv, 28/05/2019: Albania’s riotous politics rattle EU dreams
OSW: Analyses, 26/06/2019: Escalation of the political crisis in Albania
Wikipedia: 2019 Albanian local elections

Euronews, 29/03/2019: Clashes as protesters try to storm Albanian parliament
Reuters, 25/05/2019: Albanian opposition rally renews call for PM to quit
Euronews, 29/05/2019: EU membership talks should start with North Macedonia and Albania, says Mogherini
TRT World News, 02/06/2019: Opposition in Albania on the streets again, calling for new election
EurActiv, 03/06/2019: Police, protesters clash in Albania, US condemns the violence
Deutsche Welle, 03/06/2019: Albanians take to the streets calling for fresh election
BBC News, 09/06/2019: Albania president cancels local elections amid protests
The New York Times, 09/06/2019: Albania President Cancels Elections, Citing Tense Climate
Reuters, 10/06/2019: Albanian president cancels vote; PM wants him gone
Tirana Times, 10/06/2019: President provides reasons to cancel local elections, as majority starts proceedings to fire him
Euronews, 11/06/2019: Albanian elections cancelled in midst of anti-government protests
Tirana Echo, 30/06/2019: Albanians vote in calm local elections, despite opposition boycott and previous threats of violence
Deutsche Welle, 09/07/2019: Protesters in Albania again demand Prime Minister Rama quit
Euronews, 09/07/2019: Albanian opposition resume protest to oust PM

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