Thursday, June 30, 2005

President appeals to Albanians to "exercise right to vote"

Tirana, 30 June: The president of the Republic of Albania appealed Thursday [30 June] to all Albanian citizens "to participate in the polls and exercise their right to vote".

The information office of the president's office announced that, responding to the interest of media in the electoral campaign, which is almost completed, President [Alfred] Moisiu emphasized that "in spite of a few incidents that have occurred Albanians are showing that they have undergone great transformation in their democratic mentality and the political forces".

"I wish that the election makes smooth progress, in spite of the recent days' problems in the judiciary system. On this occasion, I invite the judiciary system to be very prudent and rigorously apply the demands of the constitution. The right of the citizens to vote should not be denied. The judiciary system should defend this right," President Moisiu underlined.

The president of the republic is expected to address Friday the Albanian people with a message on the occasion of elections.

Source: ATA news agency, Tirana, in English 1601 gmt 30 Jun 05

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