Albanian premier concedes election defeat

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Posted: Jun 26, 2013 2:26 PM
Albanian premier concedes election defeat

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's conservative Prime Minister Sali Berisha has conceded election defeat to rival Socialists, taking personal responsibility for the heavy loss and resigning as leader of the center-right Democratic party.

Berisha conceded while addressing party supporters late Wednesday, as Socialist Edi Rama was ahead with 53 percent of votes counted, compared to just 36 percent for the Democrats.

The 68-year-old Berisha has dominated post-communist politics in Albania and had been seeking a third straight term as prime minister in Sunday's general election.