IBNA Interview with First Secretary of the Albanian Workers’ Party, Muharrem Xhafa

IBNA Interview with First Secretary of the Albanian Workers’ Party, Muharrem Xhafa

Prominent politician of the left wing, Muharrem Xhafa analyzes the recent political developments which have driven the country into a vicious circle.

On one hand, the opposition has decided to boycott parliament permanently and is holding continuous demonstrations. The opposition is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama and the creation of an interim government which will organize early elections.

On the other hand, PM Edi Rama says that none of these demands can be met. The country is expecting to hold local elections on June 30. The opposition says that it will not participate, while the majority says that it will organize them and win them.

Can Albania go back to an unacceptable monist system that the country decided to leave behind 28 years ago?

These are some of the issues commented by Mr. Xhafaj on this interview for IBNA Media Group. According to him, the opposition’s resignation and the replacement of its MPs in parliament without the consent of the parties that nominated them, is nonetheless legitimate.

The opposition continues to protest. Do you think Rama will be forced to step down?

The opposition is entitled to continue its protest and to demand PM Rama’s resignation. However, the decision to resign is up to Rama and not up to the opposition! In this system, power is decided by the vote of the people.

Can local elections take place in a situation when the opposition has decided to continue the protests and to boycott the local elections?

In a capitalist system, opposition cannot impose its will in parliament and even less outside of it. Local and general elections are organized by the majority according to the electoral law. So, elections will take place on June 30.If opposition parties do not take part in these elections, then this is up to them. The law in this country doesn’t oblige political parties and voters to take part in the elections. It’s one thing to exclude yourself form the elections and it’s another thing to be excluded by the majority!

Several new MPs have taken their seats in parliament. Is their mandate legitimate despite the fact that the parties that they represent have not offered their consent? Can parliament proceed like this? Is this 140 seat parliament legitimate with only 100 MPs in it?

 Given the way pluralist democratic bourgeoisies function, I think that everything that has been done so far is legitimate. Each political party expresses its will when it submits its list of candidates to the Central Election Commission. This will cannot be changed when legal deadlines expire. Political parties are no longer entitled to change the list once legal deadlines have expired. Our political party cannot impose itself on the candidate it nominates. This issue is must be handled by the Central Election Commission. Gridlocks in systems of bourgeoisie are inevitable. However, this gridlock was caused by the opposition which decided to leave parliament. It’s absurd to say that MPs who did not give up their mandates are legitimate, while those who accepted mandates based on the law of the syetem of bourgeoisie, are not legitimate!