Franz Vranitzky, the international envoy who helped broker the 11th-hour deal, said yesterday the parties had also agreed on equal access to the media. Andrew Gumbel
Albania's political parties have agreed to go ahead with the general election called for 29 June following a deal reconciling President Sali Berisha's Democratic Party and the opposition, after intense international pressure. The opposition parties agreed to recognise the electoral law steam-rollered through parliament by the Democratic Party last week. In return, President Berisha agreed to relinquish his right to nominate the country's local and national electoral commissions - a major concession since the overwhelming presence of Democratic Party officials at polling stations in last year's elections was a major cause of vote-rigging. Responsibility for the commissions will now rest with the all-party national unity government.