In the last parliamentary elections, the Democratic Party managed to get a total of 59 deputies, including the allies. But after the general parliamentary elections of April 25, 2021, the Democratic Party under the leadership of Lulzim Basha, seems to be only deepening its divisions.
In the last 8 years, Lulzim Basha has divided and destroyed the structures of this party, to then put the “seal” on September 9, 2021, with his personal decision, excluding the former Prime Minister and historical leader of the Democrats, Sali Berisha, from the DP parliamentary group.
But his personal decision to oust Berisha seems to be costing Lulzim Basha a lot, as it is already clear that the majority of the parliamentary group and the membership of the Democratic Party are on Sali Berisha’s side.
Beyond Berisha’s “Rostrum”, where in every city he was greeted with applause and enthusiasm by thousands of Democrats, it seems that the parliamentary group of the Democratic Party is also on the side of former Prime Minister Berisha.
Already a part of the PD deputies have appeared openly in the media with pro-Berisha attitudes, while another part remain silent. And the fact is that now we have a lonely Lulzim Basha, who has as a supporter only Grida Duma, Ervin Salianji, and maybe to some extent also Agron Gjekmarkaj, or some other servile.
Although Basha tries to urge the deputies to take a public stand, some of them refuse to speak, while some of them have come out openly speaking against his personal decisions. Some figures that have appeared publicly next to Berisha are Flamur Noka, Edi Paloka, Edmond Spaho, Tritan Shehu, Oerd Bylykbashi, Luçiano Boçi, Isuf Çelaj, Bujar Leskaj, Albana Vokshi, Luan Baçi.
So there are 10 deputies from the DP parliamentary group, who have come out openly next to Berisha, plus the former Prime Minister, which means 11 deputies. On the other hand, there are over 10 other deputies who remain silent, and who haven’t accepted Lulzim Basha’s request to hold positions in the media.
So in total Basha received 59 deputies, including 7 mandates from the allies, Shpëtim Idrizi, Mesila Doda, Nustret Avdulla, Vangjel Dule, Dashamir Shehi, Agron Duka and Fatmir Mediu. But 11 deputies together with Berisha have come out openly against Basha.
Plus over 10 others who remain silent, and if we subtract 7 that are allies, with a simple account it becomes clear that Berisha has in his side more than half of the parliamentary group of the Democratic Party.
While Basha has only a few deputies, which are counted with the fingers of the hand.
Although he made the lists himself, Lulzim Basha has been left only with a small group around him. And in the following days other deputies are expected to openly side with Sali Berisha.
Democrats are clear that the failures and cyclical losses of Lulzim Basha, have destroyed the DP by turning in a “crutch” of Prime Minister Edi Rama. The facts show that Lulzim Basha is now simply and only a chairman with the stamp in his hand, and the party has remained only as a small structure within DP./CNA.al