A delayed resignation

A delayed resignation

By Plator Nesturi

Saimir Tahiri gave his resignation as MP today, deciding to face the justice system as a simple citizen. Thus, the clash between the political class and the prosecution on the issue of his immunity and the prosecution’s actions become void, while everyone’s waiting for the Central Election Committee to revoke his mandate. Now, it’s the prosecution that must seriously investigate this case which has been the focus of public opinion for the past seven months along with many other cases, because Tahiri’s case showed that politics cannot offer indefinite protection.

The appearance of the minister of Interior in front of the media today was something that will have further political consequences. This is a case that disrupted the monotony that has been dominating politics in the past 28 years. Tahiri’s resignation was not a victory, like the SP said, and it’s not even a relief for Rama, who did not react about this act. And it cannot be considered as a victory of the opposition, because the opening of the investigations was not its merit. The opposition doesn’t take any credit for the lifting of the immunity either. On the contrary, the opposition wanted to have Tahiri in parliament to attack him politically and attack Rama as his supporter. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister cannot feel relieved, considering it as the personal act of a former MP and his former minister, because when someone goes his own way, he could start and say things that he would not say when he was with someone else. Nobody knows what distance may bring.

What we saw yesterday was a speech filled with moral attacks. But this sort of sermon  turns into demagogy especially when it comes from politicians, who are not known to be as the most honest people in the world. This sort of speech could have been delivered six months ago, when Tahiri was subject to serious accusations for traffic and collaboration with traffickers. This resignation should have been given six months ago. In that case, this sort of sermon could be welcomed, because in the democratic world, resignations have been made for the most ordinary reasons, let alone accusations of this sort.

Nevertheless, the attacks were political. Tahiri didn’t spare his opponents, starting with Berisha, Meta and Kryemadhi and then continued with his colleague, Xhafa, who succeeded him as minister of Interior. These sorts of accusations were somehow expected due to their positions about Tahiri’s case. It was quite normal to expect accusations against Xhafaj, because the latter had declared that police ranks were highly incriminated, something which goes against Tahiri’s argument backing his successes and achievements as minister of Interior. So far, there was nothing surprising. What everyone was looking for was to hear what the former minister had to say about PM Rama, his greatest supporter during the last mandate. Truth be told, Rama was mentioned very little or not at all in the part reserved to opponents. The only reference that Tahiri made was when he mentioned the expression “black sheep”, as part of the accusations addressed against him. However, this expression used by Rama in the past could be easily considered as harmless, while others sometimes accuse him as a “mob soldier”, and some other time as the head of the mob. Through his composure, Tahiri merely reminded everyone that he had registered everything that has been said about him, but this is not all. Perhaps now this is not the right time to say more or perhaps, understanding has been found in distance.

Meanwhile, we all agree with Tahiri when he says that he’s “too small to act as an obstacle for the opening of negotiations”. This is true. The negotiations cannot depend on Tahiri’s case alone. They depend on the performance and the results yielded by a political class in general and by the majority in particular. If things in the country were going well, then we would not be listed by the US State Department as a country of the traffic of drugs and money laundering. If things in the country were going so well, we would not hear endless accusations of politicians against each other, while each one of them goes unpunished. At the end of the day, if we were so normal and so responsible, we wouldn’t have a case such as Tahiri’s case today with such serious accusations. It’s true that Tahiri is very insignificant to block the negotiations with the EU, but the political class has done so many dirty things that we will always remain last in Europe.