Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama is seeking a third term against a dozen parties united behind the main opposition Democrats, led by his long-time rival Lulzim Basha.
Participants in talks in Switzerland will vote next week to pick a three-person presidential council and a prime minister to oversee preparations for this year's national election.
Israel to hold snap election in March as Parliament fails to meet deadline to pass budget, triggering a ballot presenting new challenges for PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
The government said the eight-day state of emergency that came into force immediately will allow authorities to make the necessary preparations to ensure public health is protected during the campaign and voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Three opinion polls in recent weeks show the ANC's support ranging between 51 and 61 percent, compared with the 62 percent it won in 2014.
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