Lulzim Basha has registered in the CEC his political coalition for the April 25 parliamentary elections. For the first time it happens that the Greeks of the Union Party for Human Rights (UPHR) and the Chams of the Justice, Integration and Unity Party (JIUP), unite together in a coalition, and Luli Basha, and even more Edi Rama, deserves credit for this development.
Let us look at the fact about the coalition, among those who say they are persecuted by the Greeks, and the persecutors themselves who are now together the other side by side. What politics hasn’t been able to do for more than 75 years, is solved by Lulzim Basha with the help of Edi Rama.
The fact and the details, show us and why was created the Chamo-Greek alliance, under the shadow of Luli Basha and the mandate he will forgive to these parties. In 2005, the then Prime Minister Sali Berisha took UPHR in his government, directing a ministry for 4 years.
In 2009, Vangjel Dule left the government after a visit by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to Tirana, who openly supported Edi Rama. So Dule left with the command coming from Athens, and in the election received only 18.000 votes, the historical minimum since its founding.
In the 2009 elections, the UPHR ran alongside Socialist Party, while Berisha joined in the coalition the Party for Justice and Integration (PJI) founded and led by Tahir Muhedini, the Cham community party, which won a parliamentary seat with nearly 15.000 votes, and entered government with the DP.
Then Shpëtim Idrizi creates another Cham party called Party for Justice and Unity (PJU), and the two parties merge into a single one in February 2011 becoming JIUP. In the 2013 elections, PJIU the Chams compete on the DP side and secure almost 45.000 votes. Meanwhile, UPHR in alliance with the SP, falls even more, with only 14.000 votes and again only one mandate.
UPHR became again part of the government, and Dule was elected vice-president of the Assembly. In May 2015, Vangjel Dule left the coalition, precisely because of Shpëtim Idrizi of JIUP, who was also appointed vice-president of the Assembly.
Dule refused to be in the same level with Idrizi, and resigned. From that moment Vangjel Dule joined Lulzim Basha, who forgave him the mandate of deputy in 2017, where UPHR didn’t compete but entered the DP list. In the elections, Idrizi records another historical record, secure 76.000 votes, of which 30.000 in Elbasan, where it runs Aqif Rakipi.
In Tirana, Shpëtim Idrizi secures over 12.000 votes, but for some votes he cannot get the mandate of deputy. The Chams claim the votes were stolen by the Socialists. From that moment, Edi Rama removes the Chams from the government, and Idrizi joins the opposition of Lulzim Basha, but divided.
This is how the Greco-Cham alliance is born under the shadow of the DP, but neither Idrizi nor Dule appear together in a meeting. JIUP MPs pass with the government together with some exponents, while Shpëtim Idrizi and Mesila Doda hold the official party in opposition.
In the elections of April 25, 2021, the historical enemies, run for the first time together under a coalition.
This is also due to the behavior of Rama, who held Dule on his side, then he took Idrizi, then when one left, it was Rama himself who removed the other. Even because of Basha, who is in opposition, and would accept both because he is desperate, and sees these parties as forces that bring votes./CNA.al