First clash between two governing parties registered in Albania

First clash between two governing parties registered in Albania

Tirana, September 17, 2013

First clash between the two political parties that govern the country has been registered.

The first decision taken by the government of Prime Minister Rama on Sunday was to remove the photo of the President of Republic from the institutions.

According to constitutionalists cited by the opposition, this decision is in violation with article 86/1 of the Constitution, which states that the President of Republic represents the unity of the people.

The clash has taken place between speaker of parliament, Mr. Ilir Meta, who is also leader of Socialist Movement for Integration, the political force which enabled the creation of the new government, as neither the Socialist Party nor the Democratic Party could secure a majority of at least 71 MPs in the parliament with 140 seats.

Speaking about the decision on Tuesday (photo), Meta said that he has decided for the photo of the President to be present in the institution of Parliament.

“Next week we will put the photo of the President of Republic in the office of the speaker of parliament, by respecting what parliament represents and what the President represents in the Constitution”, said the speaker of parliament.

Mr. Meta added that the photo of Ismail Qemali, founder of the Albanian state will also be on the walls of parliament.

Meanwhile, socialist leader and new Prime Minister, Edi Rama has been determined in the decision taken by the government for the removal of the photo of the President and its replacement with that of Ismail Qemali.

This way, a part of the institutions, those which are controlled by SMI will have the photo of the President, whereas the rest of institutions, controlled by the SP, will only have the photo of Ismail Qemali.

This is the first diversion that SMI does in the coalition where it’s part of. Even in the past 4 years, when SMI was part of the governing coalition of Prime Minister Berisha, there have been diversions, where SMI has not accepted the decisions announced by the right wing government. /ibna/