This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper and www.albanianfreepress.al
By Plator Nesturi
In neighboring Italy, several months have gone by and the issue of the government has not yet been solved. After the deal struck between 5 Stars and the League for a joint government, the candidate proposed to president Mattarella for the post of Prime Minister was Conte, a consensual figure of the two parties that managed to secure a parliamentary majority. But fears that the new government could alter relations with the EU, discussing not only issues such as the comeback of the lira, but also an aggravation of the situation which could lead to Itaexit, forced the president to refuse the request to mandate this government. Instead, upon his own incentive, the president has mandated a technocrat for the post of PM, the economist Cottarelli, former head of the IMF. This move has sparked anger amidst the populists of 5 Stars and League, which see this as an interference of the president and European lobbies to prevent a government of majority and its policies. Based on this, the political crisis in Italy enters a new phase. It’s hard to say if the new mandated PM will manage to obtain the votes for the new government and thus, Italy could head to new general elections.
In a way or another, crises are solved through elections. Elections measure everyone’s strength in the electorate. The elections decide not who is the strongest or who shouts the most, but they show which political force is closer to reality and public interest. After the electoral result, all political parties are positioned in their places, to continue a parliamentary life based on principles conditioned by democracy.
In the conditions that our country finds itself in, we’re far from these principles of a fair game. The elections held a year ago were associated with problems, which were noted by international observers. Based on this, when there are accusations for vote buying, it’s hard to expect a very fair game after the elections. However, what really surprises everyone in this long saga of crises is that nobody ever requests fresh elections. The political crisis is omnipresent, but the sides want it to remain like that, in chaos, without a clear solution.
The latest protest of the opposition mainly focused on Xhafaj, demanding his resignation. So, Rama was asked to remove his Interior minister. If Xhafaj had been impeached a week ago, then the opposition’s protest would have no motive. If we have accusations relating to the traffic of drugs and ties of the political class with the underworld, then these are serious issues which require a solution. And the request for the resignation of a minister is not enough. The opposition in this case should demand the resignation of the entire cabinet and the holding of fresh elections. But the opposition has no courage to demand this, because opinion polls do not place it in a favorable position. Meanwhile, pressure is exerted to damage the opponent as much as possible, in order to achieve a joint government deal until the opposition is strengthened for the elections.
All of this is considered to be a dirty way of doing politics, because it bears no values for the citizens and it’s there with the sole purpose of serving to a political group in its strategy to seize power. This is an indirect route and not a direct electoral confrontation, where political sides measure their strength among voters. Basha is scared of true battles, therefore it’s more than normal to expect a low participation in the protests that he holds. At the end of the day, with these kinds of politicians, where the crisis is permanent and without a solution, problems remain the same and unchanged. Under these conditions, if Rama challenges the opposition with snap polls in response to the issues that it has raised, it would be interesting to see how the DP would react. Chances are that it will boycott the elections.
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