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May 6, 2021

Albania’s parliament votes for probe into anti-government protests

TIRANA – Albanian ministers have voted to launch an investigation into anti-government unrest that hit the country last week. Opposition leaders have responded by calling for more rallies over the next week, Detsche Welle reports. Albania’s parliament has voted to establish a special inquiry commission to investigate the violent protests which plagued the capital, Tirana, last week. In an extraordinary parliamentary session, Prime Minister Sali Berisha accused opposition leaders of attempting to seize power in a failed coup attempt. “This inquiry commission will examine all the evidence to reveal the truth about the coup d’etat staged January 21 with the aim of overthrowing the constitutional order,” said parliament speaker Jozefina Topalli. The commission will have a three-month-mandate to investigate the violent clashes which took place when tens of thousands of people demonstrated outside the government headquarters in central Tirana.

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