IBNA Op-Ed/ This government is risking too much by ignoring the law to the extreme. It’s risking the stability of the country. If the law is ignored, then there’s corruption, clientele, nepotism and violence against honest citizens.
By Eduard Halimi
Former Minister of Justice, MP of the Democratic Party of Albania
Politics is the art of gestures and actions. When we heard Edi Rama for the first time telling Albanian people how he was going to govern and how he wasn’t going to govern, some considered this as euphoria, others considered it insanity.
When on the first day in office, premier Rama threatened judges and prosecutors that he wasn’t going to take the Constitution under consideration, I thought to myself that as prime minister, he had fallen into the euphoria of beginners. When he used to show off in front of foreigners as to how he was transforming his office by turning it into something luxurious without a tender, without procedures and law, we thought of him as a delirious person.
But 50 days have passed and in these 50 days, everything is moving toward unlawfulness and arbitrariness. The prime minister, not only is not reading the Constitution, but he shows off by saying that the Constitution will not prevent him to make Albania.
To everyone’s surprise, in Albania, every decision of the new government violates at least one article of the Constitution.
Article 4 of the Constitution says that governing should be guided by the law. Governing is not leadership, but it’s a service which respects the balance of the division of powers, states the Constitution. To abrogate with one signature of the prime minister an act which was unanimously voted in parliament (the highest lawmaking institution), such as the Civil Administration Act, is unconstitutional, states the Constitution.
We will not allow you to do it. But Rama did it. He violated the Constitution and the law. The scope is clear is crystal: The daily cleansing of the administration, from the professionals and their replacement with militant.
The means that he uses? Unlawful. Damage? Big. To the citizens, the administration and the rule of law.
The result is the installment of a standard of nepotism, lack of professionalism, lack of merit, never heard or seen before.
This is why this is not a governing, this is bad governing which leads toward destruction and anti-law. All these are crimes.
Every Albanian who is affected is asking today as to what will happen? What happens when a Prime Minister breaks the law on a daily basis?
The answer is simple: did he break the law? Let him go to prison. But in order for the Prime Minister to go to prison, he must be investigated, tried, sentenced and imprisoned. According to the Constitution, the prosecutors and judges of the country must carry out the investigation, trial and sentencing.
But, two days ago, Mr. Rama surprised the world when he declared that not only the prosecution isn’t going to investigate him, but he will investigate himself, the prosecutors and judges, ministers, MPs and opposition by establishing a General Prosecution in his own office.
Careful! Albania is a parliamentary republic and has a Constitution. The law is the basis of the rule of law. When there’s no law, there’s no state and no rule of law. Governing is based on the law.
With its unlawfulness, the government has imposed this agenda upon us and to us, there’s nothing more sacred than protecting the rule of law and the values of the democracy of the country and of Albanians.
This government is risking too much by ignoring the law to the extreme. It’s risking the stability of the country. If the law is ignored, then there’s corruption, clientele, nepotism and violence against honest citizens.
Every citizen must defend his property and efforts… we’re here with them every day, every minute, against this government which is turning unlawfulness into the motto of its daily work.
Note: The stances taken by the author do not represent the editorial policy of Independent Balkan News Agency