Prime Ministers of Albania
Albania's parliament is again in deadlock over judicial reforms because of an angry dispute between the parties over ridding parliament of people with criminal records.
Opposition MPs tried to stop the parliamentary session on Thursday by throwing eggs towards Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Edi Rama.
Opposition parties in Albania have vowed to continue with their campaign of street demonstrations until the centre-left Prime Minister, Edi Rama, steps down.
The opposition, led by the centre-right Democratic Party, will lead a new protest on Thursday in front of parliament as MPs adopt a budget for 2016.
BIRN office in Albania had criticised an apparent initiative to restore defamation as a criminal offence in Albania and has called on the government to immediately distance itself from any such move.
On Wednesday, media reports said the government was intending to restore defamation as a criminal offence in the law code.
Albania's Minister of Justice resigned suddenly on Monday, in the middle of presiding over key judicial reforms that the EU considers vital for the country.
Nasip Naco, from the Socialist Movement for Integration, LSI, a coalition party in the Socialist-led government, resigned after two years in office on Monday.