Local Press Digest


TIRANA, Apr 20, 2000


The Socialist-dominated parliament has paid opposition leader Sali Berisha only half his wage because he has not shown up in parliament's plenary session.

The International Monetary Fund is unhappy with a draft on money-laundering which says that the authority overseeing its implementation should either be the central bank or the interior ministry. The IMF wants the finance ministry to oversee the fight against money laundering.

The Netherlands will open an embassy in Tirana to bolster cooperation between the two countries.

Berisha will visit Kosovo in two months' time.

Successive governments, starting with the last communist cabinet of Adil Carcani and the present Socialist-led coalition, have accumulated a debt of 588 million dollars and every Albanian should pay 200 dollars to settle the debt.

Zef Preci, a former economy minister and economic researcher, said Albania lacks an industrial development strategy.


A draft law against money laundering says transgressors face up to five years in jail and fines of up to 20 million leks.

The Democrats' parliamentary leader Jemin Gjana said the two parties might reach consensus on the election code before the draft comes to parliament.


Finance Minister Anastas Angjeli signed three agreements worth 27.5 million dollars with the World Bank for upgrading the judiciary, public administration and aqueducts.

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