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19 May 2017, 10:08 | Darnell Patrick
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TIRANA, Albania Albania's political parties reached a compromise Thursday, postponing next month's parliamentary election by a week following intensive talks mediated by a senior US official.
The basis of the agreement is the package put together by MEP David McAllister who came as a negotiator of the European Union at the end of April, which was then pushed by US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Brian Ye during his own May 15 visit to Tirana.
On Monday Yee presented them a proposal based on the one formulated several weeks ago by European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Chair David McAllister, to which the Albanian prime minister's proposals were also added.
Albania will hold the general elections on June 25 according to an agreement reached between the two main political camps here to end the political impasse that lasted for over three months.
What was agreed in the meeting will be fleshed out in detail in the next 24 hours while lawyers from both parties will transcribe what was verbally agreed by the two leaders.
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