Lulzim Basha is trying to play a dirty game with the US Embassy in Tirana. A game which starts with the alleged expulsion of Sali Berisha from the parliamentary group, with the justification that he carried out the order of the Americans, and that everything was already resolved.
But the truth seems to be quite different. Lulzim Basha didn’t do what the Americans demanded, even though the American embassy welcomed his act. An act that has no legal or statutory weight, and that violates every normal and democratic principle of the party. But let’s look at the facts.
As soon as Lulzim Basha made the decision public, there was a very harsh reaction from the leading structures of the Democratic Party, certainly from Sali Berisha himself, who called the decision null in legal terms. In fact, the personal decision is really of no value, as no article of the PD statute stipulates that the chairman may expel a member from the parliamentary group. He can only dismiss those he nominates, but not those who are elected. So the exclusion decision is just a lie. Basha had to gather the structures and put the proposal to a vote.
And if he couldn’t exclude Berisha, then he came out honest and clean in front of the Americans, resigning from the position he holds. But Basha has chosen to defend his post with a move that has no value. He has made dozens of such exceptions.
But the case of Berisha certainly makes more noise, as the latter reacted very strongly. Maybe Sali Berisha should have left on his own, as soon as the US decision was announced for him. But he chose to stay, thinking maybe of the defense by Lulzim Basha.
So the former Prime Minister didn’t leave, while Basha is already playing a very dirty fraudulent game with the US, and has sealed the betrayal of Berisha. Berisha’s expulsion is not only anti-statutory. This act neglects the fact that the deputies announce themselves in parliament which parliamentary group they belong to.
So, the statement of Sali Berisha on Monday at 17:00 would be enough, when the third parliamentary session will take place, to declare himself as a DP deputy. The new leader of the Democratic parliamentary group Alfred Rushaj, must forward Berisha’s statement to the Secretary General of the Assembly, and this is where it all ends.
What can happen is that Rushaj asks Berisha how he will declare himself. Will Basha have the courage to gather the DP group and say that Berisha is not our deputy, and that we don’t accept his signature? This is one of the aspects, but there are some other facts as well.
During the meeting with the heads of branches held by Lulzim Basha on Saturday, out of 71 branches, were present only 20 local chairman. Feeling the pressure that is coming from the base and from Berisha’s statements that he will go from city to city to raise the Democrats against his personal decision, as an act of agreement with Edi Rama at his expense, Basha made another statement.
“I am ready to meet Berisha when he wants. Even at 1 o’clock at night!”. So Lulzim Basha has not excluded Sali Berisha, he is ready to meet and still cooperate with Sali Berisha. While the American embassy has requested that DP to be separated from the past, and for Lulzim Basha to show leadership in this aspect.
In fact, 24 hours after the decision to expel him, Basha agrees to meet with Berisha. Furthermore, he stressed that “he personally has any problem with him, and that Berisha could go to the DP whenever he wants, and he is still a member of the DP National Council”. Let’s go further. What does mean the exclusion from the parliamentary group? Sali Berisha will not be a DP deputy. But did Berisha publicly declare on Friday, that he could go to the meeting of the DP group whenever he wanted, without asking Lulzim Basha about this.
So what is the political weight of Lulzim Basha? What did he with the Americans? Mocking them? Did Lulzim Basha play a deceptive game against the USA and their embassy in Tirana?
He articulated a sentence in a press conference, just to save his skin, and incited a rift within the DP, without having any statutory rules. On the other hand after 24 hours he declared that he is ready to meet with Berisha, emphasizing that this the latter is still a member of the National Council.
Shouldn’t Lulzim Basha convene the National Assembly to expel Sali Berisha? Shouldn’t he convene the National Assembly to change the statute for the expulsion of Berisha? At least in two points. First, Sali Berisha is still a member of the National Council, according to Article 44, Point 2, letter d, as former chairman of the DP, as former Prime Minister and former president.
And secondly to establish in the statute the article that the chairman of the Democratic Party has the right to expel a member of the parliamentary group. Because the rules of procedure of the parliament cannot change that point, so that of the declaration of the deputy to which parliamentary group he belongs.
So everything you have heard these days from Lulzim Basha, is just a deceptive game of his against the Americans to escape from the “Berisha problem”. He is probably clashing with Sali Berisha, because he publicly articulated the sentence that is expelled, and the latter is maintains dignity by fiercely attacking Basha, to the point of threatening him to resign from the leadership of the DP.
But he has not yet finished the job with the Americans. Lulzim Basha is playing a dirty game with the US Embassy in Tirana. Lying to the latter, as always with a deceptive game, but this time in a scandalously and totally irresponsible way.
But where is the pro-American stance here? What is doing Luli Basha? Is it just a move
that seeks to buy time, and for Basha to escape from what has been asked, and from the punishment he may receive from the US embassy? Or from US diplomacy, which has to
do with his proclamation non grata, and up to ban travel to the US, which has in fact been in force for 4 years.
What Lulzim Basha is doing is more dangerous than anything else. Because by hitting Berisha in the back, by betraying the militants, and by not asking the structures for the decision he would take, he has divided the DP, leading it to the darkest day in its history. On the other hand, he is seeking to play games with the US Embassy in Tirana by making deceptive moves, that allegedly Berisha has been expelled from the DP. In fact, Berisha didn’t leave, Berisha went to parliament. Berisha is an MP, and took the oath on Friday.
Yesterday Luli Basha said that he is ready to meet him, that he could go to the headquarters whenever he wanted, as he was still a member of the National Council. But what happened to what the US embassy demanded, ie the exclusion of Berisha, so that the latter would not go to parliament and be no longer part of the DP?
Sali Berisha is a member of the DP Council, is part of the DP, and was elected MP by this party. So Lulzim Basha has played a crazy game against Sali Berisha, against DP militants and even more dangerous against the US and its embassy in Tirana./Elvi FUNDO – CNA.al