Albanian president: The government wants a president that it can command

Albanian president: The government wants a president that it can command

IBNA Special Report

Tirana, July 16, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

President of Republic, Bujar Nishani has reacted against the declarations made by prime minister Edi Rama during the analysis of the 300 days of work of the government, where he said that he’s not happy with the president.

In an official statement, the president declared that the declarations made by the head of the government are considered to be unfounded and that he doesn’t agree with this standard of political culture and cross institutional communication.

Nishani says that the aspiration to be happy is a legitimate right of every citizen of the Republic and the same goes for the prime minister of the country and the members of his government.

He says that if the prime minister sees this universal desire projected in the horizon by threatening the Constitution of the country, independent institutions and by putting constant pressure against the president of the republic, then this is a totalitarian and absolute desire, where he underlines that Albania has separated from such mentality once and for all.

According to the head of state, the political system founded on democracy and rule of law with the Constitution as a guide, Albanian society which has gone through a lot in order to gain freedom and consolidate it, the integrating process and the European awareness of our people, do not allow such thing.

He says that he exerts the post of the president of republic as a sublime responsibility to the country and the people, by only referring to the laws of this country and not to make given politicians happy or sad.

“I work with this conviction every day. I’m indifferent to pressure, but feel sorry when I see it coming. As you may have been informed by the media, every day, the prime minister and the government led by him draft bills and pass laws that threaten the powers of the president of republic, in search of unlimited power. Institutions and obligatory relation between them in a democratic system function based on the law, Constitution and not personal ethics and emotions. Of course, civil communication is understandable. When the Constitution and law are affected to serve the power and not the state, then there’s no room to show off on behalf of a courtesy which sounds as hypocrisy. The president of republic doesn’t accept a façade of ethics, but wants and encourages the ethics of law and institutional respect. He doesn’t take this stance for his personal ego, but for human rights and liberties, democratic standards which are put in danger when there are tendencies to attack independent institutions”, says Nishani.

The president declares that Albanians need the truth and not its illusion, which is manipulation, but underlines that the government doesn’t want a president, a prosecutor, an unreformed justice system and a Supreme Council of Justice, but it wants them to be under the orders of the prime minister, considering it as a bad dream and a scary vision.

The president also addresses a question if society is able to make the prime minister happy, by giving him unlimited power.

“I think not, although the people wish him well. I assure him and everybody else that they will continue to be unhappy in their political ambition to have unlimited power at the detriment of the Albanian democracy. I will always be loyal to the Constitution and the interests of my fellow citizens and if my positioning causes for someone to be unhappy, someone who sees the Constitution as an obstacle to have absolute power, then I’m happy because I’ve served to my country”, concludes Nishani.

Two days ago, prime minister Edi Rama declared that, “We’re not happy with the president, but we have not given to Albanians an old example of unethical relations. We’re not happy with the General Attorney, but we have not chosen to discriminate this institution. We are hopeful on its role for the development of the justice system. We’re not happy about the way that Supreme Council of Justice is functioning, but we cannot lower ourselves to what this institution offers”.