July 7, 1997 in Nation/World

Shootings At Polls Mar Albania Elections

Compiled From Wire Services

Shooting at two polling stations marred the second round of Albania’s elections Sunday, killing three people and wounding two others.

Turnout was noticeably lower than in the previous weekend’s first round, when voters overwhelmingly chose the Socialists in a resounding defeat for President Sali Berisha’s Democratic Party.

The Socialists bolstered the 61 seats they won outright in the first round with 12 more seats Sunday, the Central Electoral Commission said. The Democrats won five, adding to their 10 seats from the first round.

In the northern village of Pulp, near Shkodra, a gunman opened fire on members of a local election commission, killing two and injuring two, the central commission said.

A third person was shot and killed in a polling station in Mat.

The election was intended to calm a country beset by unrest since protests over failed investment schemes erupted early this year into armed insurrection, but both sides have complained of voter fraud.

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