TIRANA - The Albanian parliament elected government nominee Bujar Nishani, 45, as national president on Monday in a fourth-round vote after talks between the ruling coalition and opposition failed to produce a consensus candidate.

Nishani, formerly the interior minister, was elected by a simple majority with the votes of the ruling Democrat-led coalition, despite pressure from the European Union for the government and opposition to bury their bitter rivalry and agree on a candidate for the largely ceremonial position.

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