Albania's main opposition Democratic Party again has decided to boycott Parliament in response to the legislature's suspension of its former leader, Sali Berisha.

The Democrats on Saturday said they would boycott Parliament for 10 days after Parliament suspended Berisha for 10 days for accusing Prime Minister Edi Rama of direct links to criminals, a charge Rama has denied.

Last month Berisha was sued by the governing Socialist Party for calling on citizens to arm themselves.

Berisha and the Democrats have increased their aggressive language against the governing Socialists, which may delay a key judicial reform that the European Union and the United States have been pressing Tirana to pass. The reform is needed before Albania can launch full membership negotiations with the 28-nation bloc.