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Albania president questioned in impeachment proceeding

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A parliamentary committee has questioned Albania's president as part of impeachment proceedings stemming from his attempt to cancel June municipal elections. Albania's governing Socialist Party initiated the proceedings to impeach President Ilir Meta, the first such move in post-communist Albania.

Lawmakers on a nine-member committee are investigating Meta for allegedly violating the constitution. During questioning on Monday, the president said he cancelled the June 30 elections because he thought they would be "undemocratic" without participation of center-right opposition parties that planned to boycott the vote. Meta said he also feared a violent civil confrontation.

His attempt to suspend the election was overruled by election authorities. The Socialists won most of the elections and also dominate parliament.

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