A poll by a top TV station showed that the ruling socialist in Albania won today’s election with 46.9% of the vote.
The opposition Democratic Party ranked second with 43.5% of the votes, and the Third Socialist Integration Movement ranked second with 6.9% of the votes.
The poll ended at 7 pm, but it is expected that the full results will not be available in a few days.
The recent pre-election polls also support the socialists of Prime Minister Edi Rama.
Despite armed clashes between supporters of rival parties, the parliamentary elections held in Albania on Sunday are critical to the country’s ambitions to join the European Union.
On Wednesday, a few days before the parliamentary elections, a socialist supporter was killed and four others were injured during an armed clash in Elbasan near Tirana.
Prime Minister Edi Rama is fighting for a third term, but his socialists face a major challenge to resist the dozens of parties that unite around the main opposition Democratic Party.
This country of 2.8 million people is one of the poorest in Europe, and the epidemic has further exacerbated the situation due to declining tourism revenues.
All parties claim to be pro-Europeans. Rama is particularly confident in the mass vaccination campaign and promised to vaccinate 500,000 people by the end of June.
He promised to complete infrastructure projects stalled by the pandemic and rebuild thousands of houses destroyed in the 2019 earthquake.
His opponents focus on revitalizing the economy by supporting SMEs.