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Albanian parliamentary election, 2009
All 140 seats to the Assembly
28 June 2009
First party Second party Third party
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Leader Sali Berisha Edi Rama Ilir Meta
Party PD PS LSI
Leader since December 1990 1 September 2005 2004
Leader's seat Tirana Did not participate Tirana
Last election 56 (71) 42 (54) 5 (6)
Seats won 68 (70) seats
(Alliance of Changes)
65 (66) seats
(Unification of Changes)
4 (4) seats
(Socialist Alliance)
Seat change +12 (−1) +23 (+12) −1 (−2)
Popular vote 712,745 688,748 84,407
Percentage 46.92% 45.34% 5.56%
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A parliamentary election was held in Albania on 28 June 2009. Prior to the election, the electoral law was changed to a regional proportionally system.[1] Polls from March and April 2009 saw a very close race, with both the governing Democratic Party of Albania and the opposition Socialist Party of Albania around 37%, with minor parties like the Socialist Movement for Integration, the G99 Movement, the Unity for Human Rights Party and the Republican Party of Albania in the low single digits.[2]

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Alliances

Shortly before the election, the ethnic Greek Unity for Human Rights Party switched their allegiance, abandoning their alliance with the Democratic Party of Albania to join the Socialist Party of Albania.[3]. The Party for Justice and Integration, a party representing the interest of ethnic Albanians whose properties in Greece where seized after WW2, joined the coalition in its place. In total, 33 parties organized in four alliances, one party runnings on its own and one independent contested the election:[4]

  • Pole of Freedom
    • Christian Democratic Party of Albania (PDK)
    • Movement for National Development (LZHK)
    • Democratic Union Party (PBD)
    • Conservative Party (PKONS)
    • Path of Freedoms Party (PRrL)
    • Democratic Reform Party (PRDSh)
  • Socialist Alliance
    • Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI)
    • Albanian Green Party (PGJ)
    • Movement of Human Rights and Freedoms (LDLNJ)
    • Real Socialist Party '91 (PSV'91)
    • New Tolerance Party (PTR)
    • Party for the Protection of Immigrants' Rights (PMDE)
  • Law and Justice Party
  • Abdullah Adil Omuri

Polls

Name of polls company Polling Date Alliance of Change (Democratic Party of Albania) Unification for Changes (Socialist Party of Albania) Socialist Alliance for Integration (Socialist Movement for Integration) Pole of Freedom (Christian Democratic Party of Albania)
Zogby January 31% 38% 5% 1%
Gani Bobi Institute February 46.6% 43.6% 6.2% 1%
Zogby February 36% 42% 5% 1%
Zogby March 37% 42% 5% 1%
Gani Bobi Institute April 46.6% 45.1% 6.2% 1.5%
Zogby April 39% 39% 6% 0%
IPR Marketing April 39% 43% 8% 2%
IPR Marketing May 44.7% 47.3% 7% 0%
Zogby May-June 42% 42% 4% 2%
Gani Bobi Institute June 41.1% 33.2% 3.2% 0%
IPR Marketing 17 June 42.6% 39.6% 4.5% 2%
IPR Marketing 21 June 47.9% 44.1% 6% 2%

European Union

The EU delegation head in Tirana, Helmut Lohan, said in January 2009 that the election would be considered by the EU as a "litmus test" for Albania's bid to join the union.[5]

Electoral slogans

Name of party Slogan in English Slogan in Albanian
Democratic Party of Albania Albania is changing Shqipëria po ndryshon
Socialist Party of Albania New politics for change Politikë e re për ndryshim
Socialist Movement for Integration Time for action Koha për veprim
Republican Party of Albania Family, Property, Nation Familje, Pronë, Komb

Exit Polls

Right after the elections exit-polls were conducted. According to Gani Bobi, the Democratic Party led the Socialist Party with 47,5% and 38,8% respectively, with the Socialist Movement for Integration getting 6,5%[6]. According to APR Marketing's exit poll, the Democratic Party won between 42% and 46%, and the Socialist Party between 36,5% and 40,4%.[7].The exit poll by Zogby International gave the Democratic Part 69 seats and to the Socialist Party 55.[3].

All the exit polls, while they predicted the results of certain regions properly, were rather inaccurate as the election was much closer.

Results

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Nationwide Results

e • d  Summary of the 28 June 2009 Assembly of the Republic of Albania election results
(Final results)
Parties and coalitions Votes % Seats
Democratic Party (Partia Demokratike e Shqipërisë) PD 610463 40.18 68
Republican Party (Partia Republikane e Shqipërisë) PR 31990 2.11 1
Party for Justice and Integration (Partia për Drejtësi dhe Integrim) PDI 14477 0.95 1
Environmentalist Agrarian Party (Partia Agrare Ambientaliste) PAA 13296 0.88 0
Legality Movement Party (Partia Lëvizja e Legalitetit) PLL 10711 0.71 0
Demochristian League (Lidhja Demokristiane) LDK 6095 0.4 0
National Front Party (Partia Balli Kombëtare) PBK 5112 0.34 0
Liberal Democratic Union (Bashkimi Liberal Demokrat) BLD 5008 0.33 0
Democratic Alliance Party (Partia Aleanca Demokratike) AD 4682 0.31 0
Democratic National Front Party (Partia Balli Kombëtar Demokrat) PBKD 4177 0.27 0
Party of New Albanian European democracy (Partia Demokracia e Re Europiane Shqiptare) PDRESh 2111 0.14 0
New Party of Denied Rights (Partia e të Drejtave të Mohuara e Re) PDMR 1408 0.09 0
Macedonian Alliance for European Integration (Aleanca e Maqedonasve për Integrim Evropian) AMIE 1043 0.07 0
Alliance for Democracy and Solidarity (Aleanca për Demokraci dhe Solidaritet) ADS 1067 0.07 0
Ora of Albania (Ora e Shqipërisë) POSh 786 0.05 0
Forca Albania (Partia Forca Albania) PFA 319 0.02 0
Total "Alliance for Changes" (Aleanca për Ndryshim) 712745 46.92 70
Socialist Party (Partia Socialiste e Shqipërisë) PS 620586 40.85 65
Social Democratic Party (Partia Socialdemokrate e Shqipërisë) PSD 26700 1.76 0
Unity for Human Rights Party (Partia Bashkimi për të Drejtat e Njeriut) PBDNJ 18078 1.19 1
G99 (Grupim 99) G99 12989 0.86 0
Social Democracy Party of Albania (Partia Demokracia Sociale e Shqipërisë) PDS 10365 0.68 0
Total "Unification for Changes" (Bashkimi për Ndryshim) 688748 45.34 66
Socialist Movement for Integration (Lëvizja Socialiste për Integrim) LSI 73678 4.85 4
Real Socialist Party '91 (Partia Socialiste e Vërtetë '91) PSV '91 6548 0.43 0
Movement of Human Rights and Freedoms (Lëvizja për të Drejtat dhe Liritë e Njeriut) LDLNj 2931 0.19 0
Green Party (Partia e Gjelbër) PGj 437 0.03 0
Party for the Protection of Immigrants' Rights (Parti për Mbrojtjen e të Drejtave të Emigrantëve) PMDE 376 0.02 0
New Tolerance Party (Partia Tolerancë e Re e Shqipërisë) PTR 437 0.03 0
Total "Socialist Alliance" (Aleanca Socialiste për Integrim) 84407 5.56 4
Christian Democratic Party (Partia Demokristiane e Shqipërisë) PDK 13308 0.88 0
Movement for National Development (Lëvizja për Zhvillim Kombëtar) LZhK 10753 0.71 0
Democratic Union Party (Partia Bashkimi Demokrat Shqipëtar) PBD 1030 0.07 0
Conservative Party (Partia Konservatore) PKONS 1047 0.07 0
Democratic Reform Party (Partia e Reformave Demokratike Shqiptare) PRDSh 495 0.03 0
Path of Freedoms Party (Partia Rruga e Lirisë) PRrL 1002 0.07 0
Total "Pole of Freedom" (Poli i Lirisë) 27655 1.82 0
Law and Justice Party (Partia Ligj dhe Drejtësi) PLiDr 4865 0.32 0
Independent (Pavarur) PAVARUR 756 0.05 0
Total (turnout: %) 50.77% 1519176 100.00 140
Source: CEC

Regional Results

The electorate was split in twelve regions, in a regional proportional system, each of which elected a specific number of Members of Parliament (deputet). The following table details the regional results going North to South.

Regions Alliance of Changes Unification of Changes Socialist Alliance for Integration Pole of Freedom Total seats
% Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats
Shkodër 58.11 7 35.18 4 2.9 0 3.45 0 11
Kukes 65.00 3 31.31 1 2.97 0 0.67 0 4
Lezhe 54.32 4 34.47 3 5.61 0 3.37 0 7
Diber 57.72 4 32.38 2 5.72 0 4.08 0 6
Durrës 51.65 7 39.22 5 8.02 1 0.85 0 13
Tirane 46.83 16 45.69 15 5.24 1 1.82 0 32
Elbasan 45.06 7 47.77 7 5.04 0 1.94 0 14
Fier 39.98 6 51.83 9 6.47 1 1.55 0 16
Berat 33.16 3 54.62 4 11.35 1 0.68 0 8
Korce 46.96 6 47.82 6 4.21 0 0.59 0 12
Vlore 37.46 5 54.89 7 5.01 0 2.45 0 12
Gjirokastër 40.10 2 55.9 3 3.27 0 0.59 0 5
Total 46.92 70 45.34 66 5.56 4 1.82 0 140

Coalition talks

Following the results, after a few days when it was unclear whether the PD-led alliance held 70 or 71 seats, the leader of the Socialist Movement for Integration announced on 4 July 2009 that he had accepted Berisha's invitiation to form a government with the PD and stated he wanted to be a stabilising factor in Albania's way towards EU membership.[8]

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