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Court of Appeal Renders Another Absurd Verdict on the Durres Mayor-Elect Case Valbona Sako, Mayoral Candidate of the Alliance for European Albania in Durres
The Durres Court of Appeal certified the mayoral mandate of Valbona Sako. Judge Arjan Balliu refused to review Sako’s appeal of a previous first instance court verdict by Judge Mimoza Margjeka, which refused to certify her mayoral mandate. Valbona Sako was the Socialist Party candidate in the June 30 local elections held in violation of the presidential decree cancelling the date. Sako won the elections, as the Socialist Party did in all 61 municipalities across Albania after the opposition refused to participate. Then the mayor-elect requested the Court of Durres to certify her mandate. Judge Mimoza Margjeka concluded that the local elections were illegal due to the illegal participation of an unregistered, hence non-existent political party – the Democratic Conviction of former opposition member Astrit Patozi. The Socialist Party refused to recognize the court decision. Two days later, Mayor of Durrës Vangjush Dako and Valbona Sako met with the President of the Court of Durrës, Judge Joana Qeleshi in her office....