In an extraordinary session, the parliament voted 104-7 to discharge the president with three abstentions. The final approval lies with Albania’s Constitutional Court within three months.
With over 95 percent of the votes counted, the country’s central election commission says Prime Minister Edi Rama’s Socialist Party secured 48.5 percent of the votes, equivalent to 74 seats in the 140-member parliament.
Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama is seeking a third term against a dozen parties united behind the main opposition Democrats, led by his long-time rival Lulzim Basha.
Some 3.6 million eligible voters, including Albanians overseas, will elect 140 lawmakers among some 1,800 candidates from 12 political parties or coalitions and those running independently after a bitterly contested campaign.
Leaders of both sides sign several agreements in Ankara to enhance tourism, education, political, military, and economic ties.
Using the cover of the coronavirus lockdown, a political elite sees an opportunity to bulldoze the opposition.
For more than two years actors, activists and the opposition contested plans by Prime Minister Edi Rama to build a new theatre, saying the existing building was part of the country's heritage.
Leaders of Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania - all Western Balkan countries blighted by wars in the 1990s that also aspire to join the European Union - met in the Albanian capital Tirana to give shape to the idea.
The 6.4-magnitude quake, the country's worst-ever, struck on Tuesday, killing 51 people and leaving nearly 5,000 people homeless.
At least 47 victims were rescued alive, officials said, but the number of people who may still be buried amid rubble remains unknown.
Albanian President Ilir Meta moved to cancel the elections saying they would be undemocratic without the opposition, but the Prime Minister Edi Rama refused to do so.
Opposition, supported by the country's president, boycotted the local polls over its claims of government corruption but Prime Minister Edi Rama's government is pressing ahead.
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