The Albanians re-elected General Enver Hoxha and his Democratic Front of Albania to power for the seventh time in last month's general election.
The Albanians re-elected General Enver Hoxha and his Democratic Front of Albania to power for the seventh time in last month's general election. Polling day, the 20th of September, was marked by dancing in the streets and other festivities to celebrate Albania's achievements. This is the first to be received from Albania for more than a month.
Everyone over the age of eighteen may vote in albania or stand for office. And last month's elections are reported to have produced the same near-total turn out that previous elections produced. There is only one party, the Democratic Front of Albania, and elections have produced little change at the top of its organisation. But observers this year were forecasting a turn-over of representatives at the grass roots level. Albania, they say, has reached a stage where decisions have to be delegated to lower levels to overcome bureaucracy and improve productivity. In speeches just before polling day, Hoxha reaffirmed the country's close links with China but did not exclude cooperation with other countries.