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Albanian Parliament fails to elect president for 3rd time

The Albanian Parliament has failed for the third time to elect the country's new president because no candidates have been nominated.

The governing left-wing coalition didn't put up any candidates on Thursday, saying it wants to include the center-right opposition in reaching a broader consensus. The same thing happened twice last week.

But the Socialist Party says Parliament shouldn't wait any longer to elect a new president since the opposition has refused to participate in any dialogue.

Albania's president occupies a largely ceremonial role and is limited to two 5-year terms. Candidates are proposed by a group of at least 20 lawmakers in the 140-seat Parliament.

Now that there have been three failed rounds, a candidate can be elected by a simple majority.