Albania. At the beginning of the year, the two largest
parties, the Socialists and the Democratic Party PDS, agreed
on a code of conduct for the June and July parliamentary
elections. The electoral movement also became the most
peaceful after the fall of communism. In particular, it was
noted that the PDS leader and former President Sali Berisha,
whose party formed an alliance with three other opposition
parties, abstained from confrontational politics. But when
it became clear that the socialists had won, he refused to
accept the result. The Socialists returned slightly compared
to the 1997 elections, but retained their majority. The
party received 41% of the vote and 73 of the 140 seats in
Parliament, which was reduced from the previous 155 seats.
Countryaah, Prime Minister Ilir Meta formed a new government in early
September. The Democratic Party and its allies boycotted
Parliament when it rallied.
In a report, the United Nations Environment Agency UNEP
identified several severely polluted areas in Albania.