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After the previous vote, in 2009, the Socialists boycotted parliament for 18 months, accusing Sali Berisha, the Prime Minister and Democratic Party leader and former onetime personal physician to the dictator Enver Hoxha, of electoral fraud. Although the 2012 presidential electoral campaign had been largely peaceful, there were still media reports of vote-buying and irregularities in the registration process.

The biggest issue before the elections, and probably afterwards as well, was over the future of Albania’s Central Electoral Commission. The continued dispute between Mr Berisha's ruling coalition (of no less than 25 centrist and centre-right parties) and the opposition coalition of Mr Rama (which, not to be outdone, consisted of 37 opposition parties), the seven-member commission could only muster four members. The minimum legal requirement was five. 

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In the space of 10 pages the Albania Profile covers the following:

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Al Jumhuriya al Jazairiya ad Dimucratiya ash Shabiya (Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria)
Head of State: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (since 1999; re-elected Apr 2004, 2009 and 17 April 2014)
Head of government: Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal (Independent) (from 29 Apr 2014)
Ruling party: Coalition led by Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) (National Liberation Front), (since 2002; re-elected 10 May 2012)
Area: 2,381,741 square km
Population: 38.70 million (2014)*
Capital: Algiers
Official language: Arabic
Currency: Algerian dinar (AD) = 100 centimes
Exchange rate: AD106.11 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$5,532 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 4.13% (2014)*
GDP: US$214.08 billion (2014)*
Unemployment: 10.60% (2014)*
Inflation: 2.92% (2014)
Oil production: 1.52 million bpd (2014)
Natural gas production: 83.30 billion cum (2014)
Balance of trade: US$9.45 billion (2014)
* estimated figure


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