Lulzim Basha announced officially today through his press office that Mark Marku, professor at the University of Tirana, former MP of the Democratic Party in the years 2009-2013, will be the leader of the Lezha region. In fact, Marku is not a novelty, as it is being tried to sell in the media, but it is a recycling figure.
He was a member of the Democratic Party, and then left because he didn’t respect the decisions of the parliamentary group. The man who today demands in public that the decisions of Lulzim Basha be respected, once didn’t respect them himself, and for this reason he left.
But let’s look today Mark Marku’s appointment at a different perspective. So, not only about his political behavior, but about the foundations of the DP, with a process that has been sold as the most successful of the last 30 years, the vetting and selection of candidates for DP deputy.
Mark Marku and 4 other political figures, including an anonymous one like Enriketa Papa, carried out the vetting process in the Democratic Party by disqualifying 2100 candidates out of 3000, and then further shortening the list. The exact figures are not known, as they are kept confidential in the DP.
At the end of the process, the whole commission removed Romeo Gurakuqi, Luan Baçi, Ervin Salianji, Klevis Balliu, Endri Hasa and some other political figures, from those who were part of the elite, ie MPs and former MPs, not to mention the disqualification of thousands of others without giving any argument, simply and only by lying that they would be part of the future structures of the DP government, in case it wins on April 25th.
So it was Mark Marku who disqualified hundreds of names, being in pure conflict of interest. So the one who would run himself, removed the other candidates from the list. It was Mark Marku the one who selected the list of the Lezha region, while the vetting commission deleted dozens of names proposed by the DP membership in this region, and now the goes there as candidate.
Isn’t there a clear conflict of interest? Isn’t Mark Marku the person who overthrows the whole vetting process in the DP? Because not only he has been disqualified dozens or hundreds of names all over Albania, but he is running for MP himself. After Mark Marku, Bujar Nishani can also run, who has expressed his ambitions. So it can become 2 characters who have done the vetting of others and are now self-running.
But for these two, who did the vetting? Doesn’t Mark Marku need a political vetting, as it is a recycling of Lulzim Basha, and being sold as a new feed to the DP? In fact, a professor at the University of Tirana can be a good candidate. But before competing, he must apologize to those people in Lezha, who disqualified them from the competition, and he must tell them that he removed to take his place.
Because in Lezha there are many citizens and democratic intellectuals, who have given a contribution these 30 years, while Marku once became an MP through the door, came out of the window, and now is entering through the door again, but after disqualifying anyone who wanted, goes to Lezha and says “I have removed all of you, and I am myself a candidate!”.
This formula has defeated today both the vetting process and the political selection, ostensibly in the name of morality and honesty that Lulzim Basha has done using Mark Marku and the so-called vetting commission in Democratic Party./CNA.al