By Elvi FUNDO
Former coordinator, leader and founder of “Democratic Persuasion”, Astrit Patozi showed yesterday in a TV appearance on A2 CNN, his approach to the developments of recent weeks in the Democratic Party. Patozi was once the chairman of the parliamentary group and deputy chairman of the Democratic Party, as well as the editor-in-chief of her newspaper “Rilindja Demokratike”.
So a man with weight in politics, and so many people were curious about his stance. But for those hoping for a process of unification, opening and change of the DP, Patozi was the biggest disappointment.
This is due to the fact that from a rational politician, especially in 2017 when he asked for a race in the Democratic Party, or in his interviews after 2013, when he stressed that during the DP government big mistakes have also been made, but also over the race of Lulzim Basha with the late Sokol Olldashi, yesterday we saw another Astrit Patozi.
We are already seeing a chaotic Patozi in front of the gate, who wants to score a goal, but puts the ball in his own gate, because he doesn’t have the strength to go to the opponent’s gate. Beyond Sali Berisha’s “Rostrum”, in the process of unification and opening of the Democratic Party serves also the approach of critics of Lulzim Basha.
What has stood out is Jozefina Topalli, who has emphasized that she will join the DP Assembly on December 11th. According to her, this Assembly will be part of a unification process, and that her party was a right-wing movement to take the DP exactly where is today, in its opening, and in its return to competitions, values, and not in its use for personal, clientelistic and corrupt interests.
Patozi has emphasized the same things with his writings and analyzes. Today he is venting his anger and behaving like a non-unifying divider. Both of these career politicians in the DP, couldn’t get together more than 15.000 votes in the last election.
And they didn’t compete in a joint coalition. Running separately produced that result which was seen, and made it clear that all parties, including Basha’s Democratic Party, that anyone couldn’t win alone. Basha tried this in 2017. He removed half of the parliamentary group from the list.
He didn’t win. This year Patozi, Topalli, Murrizi and everyone else tried it. And all divided didn’t win. Even Sali Berisha cannot win alone even if he takes over the leadership of the Democratic Party. Politics has agreement as art, not loneliness and anger. But Patozi seems more angry with Sali Berisha than with Lulzim Basha.
In fact, Patozi describes Berisha as the problem of the current situation in the DP. But today we are facing another situation. It is no longer the time to discuss, “why you, why me, etc”. Some public apologies have been made for the mistakes. So today is the time to say:What does anyone do? So, what will Astrit Patozi do for a union and opening of the Democratic Party to overthrow Edi Rama? Or where will go Jozefina Topalli?
What will be the contribution of others, including the return of Majlinda Bregu or dozens of others, who shouldn’t return to the DP as individuals who were ousted by an irresponsible chairman, but as a group with clear ideas and as a staff that creates a political offer, along with other personalities who are currently within the DP.
Or names who just have to compete. Let there be an open race within the DP, with guarantors, and let everyone get what they deserve. This is the last chance. Either the DP becomes a governing alternative or closes his historical cycle.
Divided, with anger and resentment, whether for the wrath of Berisha, Basha or the wrath of Patozi, there is no future and no solution. The road is headless. Alone everyone will lose. Patozi has tried it. Topalli and Basha as well. The solution is the deal.
The solution is to come up with a joint offer, the creation of factions, the reunification of the DP. This with a final goal not only the “shaking” of the government, but also the creation of an alternative for a short time in front of the government of Prime Minister Rama.
But that cannot happen if everyone continues to lose apart, not realizing that it is time to unite. And in case one party doesn’t understand, then the other should make every effort. They must go beyond personal interests and develop the opposition alternative.
Those who kill the alternative or the hope for change, can be nothing but a hindrance to the change process. The political time for experiments by the parties is over. Everyone must find their way to a union with sanctioned statutory forms that bring about the development of alternatives and hope for change. Following a dead end and with a head full of anger and rage brings only defeat./CNA.al