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Albania opposition blocks main roads ahead of June 18 vote

  • Albanian opposition supporters wave Albanian flags as they block a road at the entrance of the capital Tirana, Monday, April 24, 2017. Albanian opposition supporters have blocked the country's main road links, demanding that a caretaker cabinet be allowed to govern until the parliamentary election in June. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

    Albanian opposition supporters wave Albanian flags as they block a road at the entrance of the capital Tirana, Monday, April 24, 2017. Albanian opposition supporters have blocked the country's main road links, demanding that a caretaker cabinet be allowed to govern until the parliamentary election in June. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)  (The Associated Press)

  • Albanian main opposition Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha greets his Albanian opposition supporters during a protest as they block a road at the entrance of the capital Tirana, Monday, April 24, 2017. Albanian opposition supporters have blocked the country's main road links, demanding that a caretaker cabinet be allowed to govern until the parliamentary election in June. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

    Albanian main opposition Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha greets his Albanian opposition supporters during a protest as they block a road at the entrance of the capital Tirana, Monday, April 24, 2017. Albanian opposition supporters have blocked the country's main road links, demanding that a caretaker cabinet be allowed to govern until the parliamentary election in June. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Albanian opposition supporter waves an Albanian flag in front of a country symbol at the entrance of the capital Tirana, Monday, April 24, 2017. Albanian opposition supporters have blocked the country's main road links, demanding that a caretaker cabinet be allowed to govern until the parliamentary election in June. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

    An Albanian opposition supporter waves an Albanian flag in front of a country symbol at the entrance of the capital Tirana, Monday, April 24, 2017. Albanian opposition supporters have blocked the country's main road links, demanding that a caretaker cabinet be allowed to govern until the parliamentary election in June. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)  (The Associated Press)

Albanian opposition supporters have blocked the country's main road links, demanding that a caretaker Cabinet be allowed to govern until the parliamentary election in June.

Thousands of opposition supporters blocked five national crossroads Monday for an hour. Opposition Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha says they were protesting "drug traffic, crime traffic, ballots traffic, corruption, money laundering traffic."

European Parliament negotiators are expected to arrive later Monday to mediate between the governing left-wing coalition and the center-right opposition. The opposition so far has declined to negotiate unless Prime Minister Edi Rama resigns.

The opposition alleges the current Cabinet will manipulate the June 18 parliamentary vote. Since mid-February, its supporters have blocked the main boulevard in Tirana, the capital, with a tent pitched outside Rama's office.