Lulzim Basha presented yesterday the latest names of campaign leaders in the main regions in the country. Now remains only Berat, Gjirokastra and Kukes. So Basha has so far appointed leaders in 9 out of 12 districts. The last two were yesterday, Edmond Spaho in Korça and Xhelal Mziu in Dibër.
There is no surprise in Lulzim Basha’s lists, from Shkodra to Vlora. But let’s analyze them one by one!
Helidon Bushati was appointed head of the Shkodra region. Former MP, candidate in 2017, but withdrew after Basha put him at the bottom of the list.
After 4 years he has raised it above. So it’s not a new candidacy, but an old name known to Democrats. Moreover, during the SP government, he became an official taking a comfortable seat offered by Lulzim Basha. It doesn’t belong to the vision of the future, but it symbolizes the man who stood loyal to Basha, and is already receiving the reward.
In Lezha, the regional leader was confirmed Mark Marku. It was attempted to advertise him as an intellectual and a new feed, but in fact it isn’t. He is the man who threatened people in TV studios, to shut their mouth, or he will hit them with a bottle of water.
Although a professor at the Faculty of Journalism, he is often an uncontrollable man. He was an MP in the years 2009-2013, then came out against the actions of the party for which today he says that her decisions should be respected, while yesterday he didn’t respect them either.
We go further to Durrës, where Edi Paloka, former deputy of this region, was appointed political leader in 2017. Four years ago, he led Kruja, now the entire region of Durrës. The deputy chairman of the Democratic Party for 8 years, deputy chairman of the parliamentary group, former spokesman of the Democratic Party in Berisha’s time, kept in the shadows behind Lulzim Basha to get again the mandate of deputy.
Enkelejd Alibeaj has been appointed leader in the district of Fier, losing in this district in the 2017 elections. Alibeaj has run in the local elections of 2015, and in 2017, and now he is running again. Thus, he is not a novelty. He is a complex political character included to some extent in the “Babale” file. He has been proved many times, and has no hope winning in Fier.
Below we go to Vlora, where we find Bujar Leskaj, the man who was in power from 2005 to 2020. MP, minister of Berisha government, then elected head of the Supreme State Audit after a proposal by Bamir Topi, a move on more political of the DP than of the president of that time.
It is said that Lulzim Basha nominated him as a candidate because Leskaj has many sponsors behind him, but this remains to be verified. He is now an old figure returned and declared as hope for Vlora, but it is an equation whose outcome is known.
Next we go to Korça, where Lulzim Basha appointed Edmond Spaho as leader, who has been an MP for three terms in this constituency since 2005, in 2009 and in 2013. Spaho joined Basha since 2013, and in those moments took and the nickname “snail” after the shameful and disgusting public servility towards the DP leader.
Basha rewarded him by taking him to Durrës for a campaign with Grida Duma, then took him in 2017 to Elbasan where he lost again. Now he was appointed to lead Korça region. Actually there could have been some other name, but the only alternative left was Edmond Spaho.
He has been there before, and the results achieved have not been bad. Let’s wait and see, if will return to the former results in Korça, or it will be like in Elbasan and Durrës, where it was a spectacular failure.
In Elbasan, Lulzim Basha has appointed Gazmend Bardhi, the general secretary of the Democratic Party.
A man out of nowhere, was appointed during the technical government as Minister of Justice. There are many scenarios for Gaz Bardhi, the man who is declared to be honest, but who has set up a firm during his time as Minister of Justice, a firm for an issue that has cost a lot the Albanians citizen.
Bardhi has gone to play hard in an area, where he will have Monika Kryemadhi from the SMI on his side, but in front of him there are socialists who seem to be stronger, a district where they have always led. Gaz Bardhi has been assigned to be tested this time, as he hasn’t run any election campaign before.
With his thin voice he hopes to win the sympathy of the citizens of Elbasan, who have their own stories.
Lulzim Basha announced yesterday Xhelal Mziu as regional leader in Dibër. This is the man with some political experience, winner 3 times in Kamza as mayor in a bastion area of DP, who was handed over to the Socialists in 2019 by Lulzim Basha, after the boycott of local elections. Mziu went to Dibër from Tirana. But even he is not a novelty, it remains old and completely consumed by public opinion.
So if we analyze all the candidacies appointed by Lulzim Basha from north to south, and from east to west, we don’t see any innovation, or any new name that can give hope, except Gazmend Bardhi, who if remains the only hope and innovation of the Democratic Party, DP seems to be on the right track towards the next electoral catastrophe./ CNA.al