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Friday, November 5, 1999 Published at 22:30 GMT

World: Europe

Albanian parliament approves new government

A new government in Albania led by Ilir Meta has won an overwhelming vote of confidence.

All the members of parliament who attended the session voted in favour.

Correspondents say the approval was a foregone conclusion as Mr Meta's Socialist Party, the leader of the coalition, enjoys a majority in parliament.

But the vote took place amid heightened tension in Albania, with the main opposition party, the Democrats, pressing for early elections.

Mr Meta, who at thirty has become the youngest prime minister in Europe, succeeds Pandeli Majko, who resigned after losing a vote for the leadership of the Socialists.

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