In Albania, the government has reported a one hundred percent turnout of voters in last Sunday's (12 November) elections for the main governing body, the People's Assembly.
In Albania, the government has reported a one hundred percent turnout of voters in last Sunday's (12 November) elections for the main governing body, the People's Assembly. And they said that all but a handful were valid votes for the ruling -- and only -- party.
SYNOPSIS: Dancers outside polling places brought an almost-festive mood. All of the country's two point four million voters reportedly turned out, casting ninety-nine point nine percent of their votes validly. There were two hundred and fifty official candidates.
Albania's party leader Enver Hoxha cast his vote at centre number five in the capital of Tirana, to sustain the 'dictatorship of the proletariat' that he helped to found. Mr. Hoxha sees his hardline Stalinist country as standing alone ideologically in the world. Last July, he broke all ties with his former remaining ally, China, which responded by stopping all aid.
In a pre-election statement, Mr. Hoxha had blasted both the United States and the Soviet Union, with whom Albania's relations soured some years ago. Mr. Hoxha tries to run his country along the strictest lines of communist orthodoxy, contending if is the only one in the world with genuine democracy of the proletariat. He does say he wants friendly relations with his neighbours, which observers say means Italy and Greece, and, to a lesser extent, Yugoslavia.
Other countries are keen to improve relations with Albania, which is important to NATO and the Soviet Union because of its long Adriatic Sea coastline and border with Yugoslavia. It is also believed to have rich supplies of untapped minerals, oil and gas.