Eduard Halimi and those who left the DP “for another project”

Eduard Halimi and those who left the DP “for another project”
This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper and www.afp.al

By  Roland Qafoku

Everyone could see that he was recently speaking less and less. He spoke less often in Parliament. We cannot even remember the last time he came out on the DP’s podium. He had cut every link with the media and now, the moment came for him to declare that he had had enough. He didn’t say he was tired like Besnik Mustafaj. He didn’t go as NATO’s ambassador like Leonard Demi or ambassador to Vienna like Vili Minarolli. He didn’t act like Ilir Rusmali who refused to be a delegate in Tepelena. He didn’t act like Jozefina Topalli, Astrit Patozi and Arben Imami who formed the group which aimed at removing the chairman for violation of the statute. Eduard Halimi left the DP and this is sad news. The young man who started everything from the scratch and who managed to become not only an ordinary Justice Minister. He turned into one of the most authoritarian voices within the Democratic Party in the domain of law. But, he left. He left in order to work on another project. At least, that’s what he claims. But, within the DP and outside of it, everyone knows his “project”. Let us be frank: Eduard Halimi left because he was unhappy. Not only this, but above all, he no longer saw any hope in the way the DP was doing politics. It seems that the agreement made by Rama and Basha on 18 May 2017 acted as the final blow and he left.

The fact that so many people have left this party now has become a cause for concern not only in terms of the lack of identity in this party, but also the lack of an authoritarian and professional voice. In the best scenario, this army of departed has left a vacuum, while in the worst scenario, it has been replaced with an army which no longer inspires hope.

The DP is missing Besnik Mustafaj. The writer, diplomat and Foreign Minister who got fed up of the daily vulgar political debates is working on another project. The DP would be so much different if Mustafaj were still part of its structures.

The DP is missing Myqerem Tafaj. The wise professor and academic who left Germany’s auditoriums to become part of the DP and who undertook the biggest reform in education, is also dedicating himself to another project. The DP would be so much different if Myqerem Tafaj were still part of its structures.

The DP is missing Preç Zogaj. One of the founders of the party, he was one of the most eloquent figures of the past 28 years. Preç Zogaj is also working on another project. The DP would be so much different if Preç Zogaj were still part of its structures.

The DP is missing Jozefina Topalli, the woman who by being elected Speaker of Parliament, managed to hold the highest office a woman had ever held in the history of the Albanian state after 93 years of independence. After being left out of the lists, she also decided to dedicate herself to another project. The DP would be so much different if Jozefina Topalli were still part of its structures.

The DP is missing Ilir Rusmali, the lawyer who drafted so many bills and the minister who resigned for moral issues, something which we rarely see in Albanian politics. But he’s also working on another project. The DP would be so much different if Ilir Rusmali were still part of its structures.

The DP is missing Vili Minarolli. The wise politician who chose diplomacy instead of the power that he could hold by being here. He lead so many battles of the opposition and everyone was surprised when he did not demand lots of power. The DP would be so much different if Vili Minarolli were still part of its structures.

The DP is missing Arben Imami, who was joint chairman of the commission which drafted the country’s Constitution.  Being one of the founders of the DP, he is also working on another project. The DP would be so much different if Arben Imami were still part of its structures.

The DP is missing Fatos Beja, who was always wise and composed and who used this wisdom and composure every time the DP’s hotheaded behaved in a mischievous way. The DP would be so much different if Fatos Beja were still part of its structures.

The DP is missing Astrit Patozi, the politician who gave the voice that this party deserved. He was one of the rarest journalists who honored the media. The DP would be so much different if Astrit Patozi were still part of its structures.

The DP is missing Ridvan Bode, the economist who became the only voice within the DP in 1996 and who said no to the Ponzi schemes, despite the fact that nobody listened to him. The Finance Minister who despite his own economic problems, was one of the most skilled people that the DP had. The DP would be so much different if Ridvan Bode were still part of its structures.

The DP is missing Genc Ruli. He’s one of the founders of this party and one of the best experts and economists in the past 28 years in post communist Albania. The DP would be so much different if Genc Ruli were still part of its structures.

The DP is missing Leonard Demi. The politician who suffered so much while being in opposition and was never given any important office when the DP came back into power. He left too. First like an ambassador in the NATO and now he’s working on another project. The DP would be so much different if Leonard Demi were still part of its structures.

This is the list of some of the most notable figures who are no longer part of the DP, because they have “decided to work on another personal project”. It’s not necessary to draft a list of those who have replaced these people who have left. In fact, the DP has many other people now. Young people and old people. Women and girls. But, there’s only one difference between those who are here and those who have left. Those who are currently in the DP have no projects. Not even within the DP.

Note: The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Albanian Free Press’ editorial policy

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