Two years ago, the President of the Republic, Ilir Meta, was the man who stirred up the waters of Albanian politics. He irresponsibly provoked social conflicts to the point of violent clashes between political parties, and postponed the date of local elections.
Ilir Meta, the president elected by the Socialist Party Edi Rama, after the Socialist Movement for Integration came out in opposition in 2017, began to serve unstoppably to the opposition. Although the head of state should be over the parties, he became the main tool of the attempt to plunge the country into political instability.
After the burning of mandates by DP and SMI, the opposition at that time demanded the postponement of local elections, although in December 2018 political parties sat at a table with the president and agreed on the date of local elections, and June 30 was decreed with the consent of Meta, Kryemadhi, Basha and Rama.
Then the president went “crazy” and started declaring that on June 30, 2019 there would be no elections, that they would be postponed because there were protests by the opposition, which had burned the mandates of MPs. In fact, the burning of mandates was opposed by all.
Or at least from most people who understand what it means for a political party to leave the system. Not to mention the violent protests or tear gas fired by the Republican Guard against the protesters to protect the institutions.
The foreign diplomats, whom Lulzim Basha calls today as his supporters, asked the then leader of the Democratic Party to withdraw from the violent protests, not to burn the mandates, as well as to participate in the local elections. But Basha did the opposite, together with Ilir Meta.
The president postponed the election date, while Basha declared that he wouldn’t run in the elections. The US and the EU stated that elections were to be held. And in fact that is what happened. The SP competed with several small parties in this election, including the Democratic Conviction that was created recently.
At that time, was raised the alibi that in October 2019 local elections would be repeated, but this didn’t happen. Basha used this thesis to lie to the Democrats. He said that in the spring of 2020 there will be other local elections. He then told Democrats that they would be retained in the fall of that year. This is what Ilir Meta claimed.
The President of the Republic said that should be awaited the position of the Venice Commission, and then the decision of the Constitutional Court. In fact, they both made their decision, which is already public. They dismissed as illegal the postponement of the election date. The Court clearly states that the Constitution doesn’t recognize the annulment of the decree, but only the decree from the head of state.
So with the decrees there can be no political games. But this decision unmasked before the public the violations of the Constitution by President Ilir Meta, who has in the Constitutional Court a certain number of representatives elected by him.
Even some of them have voted against, as they wouldn’t accept to be part of the crazy moves of Ilir Meta 2 years ago. Today is the time of the dismissal of President Ilir Meta, and stopping him from going to his office. Parliament made it clear in a vote a few months ago: The president has been caught in violation of the Constitution, and yesterday this was officially confirmed by the Constitutional Court.
The decision of the Constitutional Court clearly shows that the president has already been fired. He incited social conflict, even though he was a president elected to stay above the political parties, annulling the decree of the election date, when in fact he has no power to do so. And now in the next decision of the Constitutional Court, we will wait only for the confirmation of the dismissal of Ilir Meta as the President of the Republic./CNA.al
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