Poll violence leaves

three dead

Two men have been killed during post-election celebrations in Albania. One man was shot outside opposition party offices in the central town of Lushnje. The second man was killed in an apparent reprisal shooting. Early results show the Democrats leading the governing Socialists – but final returns were not expected until late on Tuesday. International observers have said the election did not fully meet international standards. Monday’s killings bring to three the number of deaths related to Sunday’s election. An election official was also shot dead on Sunday in the capital Tirana. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) says the election complied “only partially” with democratic norms. “The Election Day was generally peaceful but a few violent incidents, one fatal, cast a shadow over the process,” the OSCE said in a report issued before news of Monday’s killings.