Inside the Democratic Party has begun a battle, where the historical leader Sali Berisha, has announced a movement, which he calls “Rostrum”, where he is gathering city by city militants of the Democratic Party and its structures. A move like never before, which Lulzim Basha has never made.
Although Berisha is 77 years old, he seems full of energy, active and tireless, and has started a movement that no one expected, and everyone is surprised. Even the most pessimistic, or even his opponents, including those who may hate Berisha, are now saying:”He is tireless, unrepeatable in his kind”, and they call him a political animal.
“Rostrum” has revealed that the majority of Democratic Party supports Berisha. Basha was left alone in the office, with a small group of people, not even 10 people, included all those in the parliamentary group and in the leadership of the party.
He is making confused moves, has problems with structures, conflicts with the DP Youth Forum, expels branch presidents, and is trying to maintain party leadership with many silly, ridiculous, weightless characters in politics and brought by him in the DP, but which have nothing to do with the base.
Some of Lulzim Basha’s supporters have a thesis:The “hypocrisy” of Sali Berisha. And some who consider themselves intellectuals raise also a question:Which Sali Berisha should we trust, the one who supported Basha yesterday, or the one who attacks Basha today?
Which Berisha to believe, what he said that Basha has done all the good for Albania and the DP, or what he says now that Basha is the main culprit who has destroyed the party and led it from loss to loss. For all those who raise doubts, the analysis is quite simple.
It is true, Sali Berisha has supported Lulzim Basha for everything. He took him out of the way in 2005, put him in the DP, gave him the direction of the Policy Orientation Committee, and made him a minister three times. And despite the successive scandals, Lulzim Basha “grew”” in the DP ranks, became mayor, where he failed, and it was Berisha’s insistence that put him in 2013 at the head of the Democratic Party.
Basha could have probably won even without Berisha’s intervention against Olldashi. Because he was the mayor of Tirana, and we had earlier a similar move by Edi Rama when he took over the SP in 2005. But Berisha supported him, and he probably had his mistakes when he re-supported Basha in the latter’s decisions in the 2017 elections.
In fact, Lulzim Basha’s advisers asked him at the time to remove Berisha from the DP, and emerge as a leader over him. Basha didn’t do so, but eliminated all of Berisha’s associates, removing them from the list of deputies and attacking them through the media he controlled.
He started the attacks with Majlinda Bregu, then with Ridvan Bode, Jozefina Topalli, Astrit Patozi and so on. But they were not the only ones. The blows continued at the base against the chairmen of the DP branches, the leaders of the sections, etc. Berisha supported Lulzim Basha even after losing the 2017 elections.
Perhaps he was convinced that after 8 years in opposition the DP would surely rise to power. The position of the SMI against the Socialists, prompted Berisha to hope that after 4 years, ie this year Basha could become prime minister. But Basha’s actions turned out to be very problematic.
Since the burning of mandates, the boycott of local elections and so on. The battles left in the middle, from Nation Road to the New Ring, National Theater. Clashes, lost battles, empty threats. Berisha supported all these. But also many people in the DP. The essence of a political force is that the majority decides there.
But Basha didn’t decide with the majority or ask her opinion. Only after making his own decisions, he sought the support of the majority. Berisha has supported his actions. But the latter didn’t want the burning of mandates. He was the first to emphasize that the path of burning mandates is a dead end, which could lead to the overthrow of the DP.
This was heard by almost 40 deputies present at the meeting of the parliamentary group.
Now I have an answer for those who say what changed from Berisha’s point of view. Indeed, nothing has changed in Berisha. Lulzim Basha had to “kill|” politically, and Sali Berisha say stop. He tolerated many things, until he finally got the knife behind his back from Basha.
In fact the latter did nothing but an act of betrayal. Now there is a question for all those who say: Which Berisha should we believe? That yesterday or today? Which of these political analysts who support Lulzim Basha today, which of the politicians who are next to Basha, wouldn’t do what Sali Berisha is doing today after what happened?
A famous proverb says that only the fool and the dead don’t change their minds. And no one probably thinks that Sali Berisha is stupid, nor dead. He is full of energy, and he is there in the “Rostrum”. A “Rostrum”, where in addition to DP militants, there are hundreds of young people, who give with courage their ideas.
There people are talking and telling some truths. Berisha says what he thinks, the citizens say the problems that has the opposition, exactly those mentioned by the gray part of the electorate, and that is why they didn’t vote DP. Therefore, all those who are in the dilemma of which Berisha to believe, yesterday or today, should believe that of yesterday for what it was yesterday.
Today we are in another time with completely new facts and circumstances, with a Lulzim Basha who has killed the Democratic Party, who has betrayed all Democrats, and time has proved this. Berisha couldn’t say in 2013 that Basha is a traitor, as he was raising him in politics, he was his political son.
Now that he has seen what Lulzim Basha has done, it is fair to say that he has been taken hostage by Prime Minister Rama, and that is Berisha’s right. How right he is, is shown by the meetings, the people, the support and the enthusiasm. He has publicly admitted that he was wrong, apologizing for the support he has given to Basha.
Therefore, Sali Berisha is in all his political right to speak what he thinks, to carry out his political action, to hit Lulzim Basha, even to expell him from the Democratic Party. This is one more reason to respond to those skeptics, or those who want to raise alibis, that Berisha has a personal intention.
Even for personal purposes, which of those removed by Lulzim Basha, which of those inside the DP, had the strength, argument or support that Sali Berisha has in the Democratic Party? Indisputably no one. Everyone tried, and all failed. Topalli, Patozi failed. They ran in the elections with their own parties.
The two together didn’t get more than 15.000 votes. While Sali Berisha alone is taken the whole party, and Basha is left with only a handful of people. Everyone can change after seeing and trying. And Lulzim Basha was seen, tried and failed.
Sali Berisha suffered it himself, and there is already a completely fair public reaction, and here there is no hypocrisy from Berisha at all. But there are facts and only facts. Lulzim Basha failed and must leave from DP./CNA.al