Albania: Rama and Basha make concessions

Albania: Rama and Basha make concessions

“The electronic ballot counting is possible and we have no problems with it, but electronic ballot counting is fully compensated by the opening of ballot boxes”, said the PM

Yesterday, debates in parliament were held in a state of almost double boycott. The opposition was not present in these debates, while all SMI lawmakers left, including Ilir Meta, when PM Rama started his speech. The only SMI lawmaker who remained was Silva Caka, who had requested to speak. SMI’s “boycott” came after a shaking of hands at the start of the session between the two joint chairmen of the coalition, Edi Rama and Ilir Meta. Meanwhile, the opposition has raised the flag at the entry of the tent in front of the Prime Minister’s office, proclaiming that that is where the real parliament is, inviting all MPs to gather in that tent. In spite of the aggravated political climate, yesterday, parties started to harmonize their positions, although the move that they made seems inadequate. Basha offers the Vetting The leader of the Democratic Party was cautious enough to neutralize the majority’s accusation that parliamentary boycott aims at boycotting the Vetting process. He offered the return of the opposition in parliament to vote the Vetting process and the amendment of the seven laws, if the creation of the interim government is accepted. “If they don’t fear the Vetting process, then let us approve it immediately after the pact for the interim government.

Then we will see who fears independent justice and who fears judges and prosecutors who are not controlled by anyone. DP will vote and will push the reform in justice forward. We will pave this path along with the Albanian citizens. Once they agree to an interim government, we will vote the seven laws. If not, we will take this matter with the Albanian citizens”, said Basha from the tent located in the boulevard. According to Basha, the problem is not the Vetting process, but the fact that the justice system is controlled. “Edi Rama and Ilir Meta want to appoint judges. They have 29 candidates for the 27 vacancies that there exist. Can we accept a justice system controlled by Edi Rama?” The leader of DP exploited the declaration issued by the OSCE ambassador to make it appear as support for the opposition’s cause. “Last night, the OSCE ambassador finally supported our cause: 2 billion euros worth of dirty money to buy the electoral process. We will never accept dirty money, a dirty government and dirty elections”, Basha said.

Rama offers electronic ballot counting Prime Minister Edi Rama has called for dialogue in order to guarantee high standard in the 18 June elections. “I don’t know of any other way how the standards of the elections can be improved, when you don’t sit on a table to improve them”, Rama said in parliament. For the first time, the Prime Minister has also admitted that electronic ballot counting is possible. “The electronic ballot counting is possible and we have no problems with it, but electronic ballot counting is fully compensated by the opening of ballot boxes”, said the PM. The issue of the electronic voting and electronic counting of ballots has been requested a while ago by the opposition. On behalf of the Socialist Party, Taulant Balla, who is also a joint chairman of the Parliamentary Special Commission for the electoral reform, declared last September that electronic voting was impossible, while electronic counting could only be implemented as a pilot project. But, Rama’s offer has arrived after he refused Basha’s offer. “An interim government first and then the revision of the 7 laws and the Vetting process?! No way!”, Rama posted in social networks.