(TIRANA, Albania.) JUST IN: President Ilir Meta has cancelled local elections after months of anti-government protests.Mr Meta said the political situation would not allow for fair elections, scheduled for 30 June #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – June.09: The announcement came after weeks of protests aimed at forcing socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama stand down: Mr Rama insists elections will go ahead as planned. For months now, Mr Rama has been at odds with the president – a former coalition ally: President Meta’s announcement came shortly before protesters, some who had been throwing smoke bombs and firecrackers outside parliament in the capital Tirana, were dispersed by police firing tear gas: Opposition groups accuse the prime minister of electoral fraud and corruption, and have called for an early general election: They also want to see the creation of a transitional government, and have refused to negotiate with the prime minister: Lulzim Basha, the leader of opposition Democratic Party, has urged crowds to continue protests until Mr Rama steps down BBC News reported.

Petrol bombs hurled at Albanian prime minister’s office earlier this year

He told thousands of supporters in Tirana that the president’s decision to call off elections was the “first result of our battle against Edi Rama”. Opposition parties had planned to boycott the poll: Mr Rama has led the country since 2013.

The international community has called for Albania’s political parties to refrain from violence and open a dialogue: Many figures, including President Meta, have said the ongoing political division threatens Albania’s aspiration to join the EU.

In a statement on Saturday, President Meta appealed for opposition leaders to conduct protests “in a completely peaceful way”.Member states of the EU will vote in the coming weeks on whether to open accession talks with the Balkan nation.

Anti-govt demonstrators flee from tear gas outside of the Albanian Parliament building in Tirana, which police used on the crowd of protesters after they turned violent, throwing fireworks and smoke bombs at the Office of PM Edi Rama.

#Tirana #Albania Alert: A large demonstration is expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on June 8 beginning around 7 PM. Recent demonstrations have included violence. Security forces have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds. http://ow.ly/5Z8A50uzgcT pic.twitter.com/UM9yVLXFD2

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