One of the biggest political costs that the opposition has had is the agreement of 2017, between Prime Minister Edi Rama and the leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha. It has been criticized not only by critics, but also by people close to Basha, who have described it as an agreement on corrupt interests, promoted by George Soros, and with serious consequences for Albanian politics.
And today in 2021, no one has any argument that this deal doesn’t exist, and is not functioning perfectly. Let us list the facts and analyze them. In 2017, a Rama-Basha agreement was reached for peaceful elections, at a time when the opposition was in the Tent of protests.
In 2021, an agreement was reached again for the Electoral Code, and again there were peaceful elections. In both cases Rama won with the same result, while Basha in the last elections only added the votes that in 2017 went to the SMI. The agreement has secured Rama power, while Basha has secured the chair of the DP chairman.
The agreement provided a peaceful process, and rapid counting and announcement of the final result. And the fact is that the election defeat was signed in every polling station, in every counting group, in every CEAZ, and Basha’s complains were simply formal.
In both cases, after losing Basha pretended not to recognize the election, and then in both cases entered parliament and accepted the mandates. In both cases he said that now begins the battle. Even the first, second, and maybe the third term, the businesses of Basha’s family are only increasing.
Lulzim Basha is probably the only opposition leader in the world who gets rich while the other has the power. In 2017, Rama and Basha attacked small parties. While this year with the changes in the Electoral Code, they practically disappear small parties.
The latest and most important evidence of the continuation of the agreement is the political “murder” of Ilir Meta and Sali Berisha. In 2017, Basha focused the campaign against Meta. This year he hasn’t said a single word in defense of the president already fired by Parliament.
Maybe Meta understood it late, but Basha sold it to Rama.
And this is a fact, as the burning of mandates not only ambushed Meta, but also executed him politically. If Basha didn’t burn the mandates, Edi Rama would never have the constitutional majority to dismiss the president. Therefore, Meta’s departure is totally part of the 2017 agreement.
In 2017, Basha complained that Berisha did not allow him to reach an agreement with Rama. Two years later, every political act was billed to Berisha, exposing him to the internationals.
Then, in a flash, in collaboration with Rama, they “killed” him politically, with the decision of the US State Department, for declaring non-grata the former Prime Minister.
Everyone is convinced that this wouldn’t have come without the OK of Lulzim Basha. So, the agreement started with the enrichment of the family, through the 16 million euros he received for his father-in-law’s palace, built on the sand of the Ionian Sea in Vlora.
He then went on to co-govern in two forms, once with ministers and once without the latter. To go further to the betrayed causes, from Nation’s Road, National Theater and everything else. Let’s not forget also the fact that even for the scandal with the incinerators, Basha spoke only for a few days, then the envelopes with money closed his mouth.
Basha does not need to be in government, as he receives millions of euros even being at the head of the DP. And with the money he earns from the agreement with Rama, he holds the leadership of the DP, sells and buys mandates of deputies, which he uses for his personal interests. The Rama-Basha agreement exists, and the scheme is already clear. Who has doubts, will see other evidence in September./CNA.al