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.
Albania has managed to burnish its image thanks to media-savvy politicians but the reality is far more problematic.
Parliament debates a no-confidence motion against Albania's President Ilir Meta after he canceled the June 30 municipal elections.
The center-right Democratic Party-led opposition supporters gathered at the main government building accusing center-left Socialist Party Prime Minister Edi Rama of corruption and links to organised crime.
With Albania finding itself in the midst of a deepening political and social crisis, is there any way out of it?
Thousands of protesters supporting Albania's opposition surrounded the parliament, demanding the government's resignation and early elections and accusing the Cabinet of corruption and crime links.
Albanian opposition supporters held a demonstration outside the office of Prime Minister Edi Rama, over allegations of corruption, in a bid for him to stand down.
Thousands of opposition supporters call for the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama, whom they accuse of links to organised crime.
"Why not a single president, as a symbol of national unity?" says Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, arguing his country and Kosovo could one day have a single president.
Victory for Albania's Socialists empowers them to push economic and judicial reforms vital for membership of the European Union.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci calls on opposition parties and Serbia for dialog amid protests in his inaugural speech
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