News ID: 208919
Published: 0624 GMT January 27, 2018

Thousands attend Albania rally, call for government to resign

Thousands attend Albania rally, call for government to resign

Thousands of protesters supporting Albania's opposition have taken to the streets, accusing the government of links to organized crimes and calling for its resignation.

Backers of the center-right Democratic Party, its ally, the left-wing Socialist Movement for Integration, and other smaller parties gathered at Tirana's main Boulevard Martyrs of the Nation on Saturday to protest against the government.

Holding national flags together with those of the United States and the European Union, opposition supporters shouted anti-government slogans such as "Rama go, “referring to Prime Minister Edi Rama.

The protest is considered a test of support for the main opposition Democrats, who suffered a landslide loss in last year's vote, securing only 43 seats in the 140-seat parliament.

Albania, a NATO member since 2009, was granted EU candidate status in 2014 and hopes to launch membership negotiations this year.

   
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