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Is that enough to call UNION?

2024-02-12 19:20:00, Opinione Andi Bushati

Is that enough to call UNION?

In DP, what seemed impossible two years ago is happening, when the democratic enemy brothers fought with guns and tear gas against each other. Gazmend Bardhi's supporters, who represent a little more than 20 deputies, have symbolically returned to the official seat, recognizing it as the home of the Democrats. They held a joint meeting there with the pro-establishment MPs and then participated in the meeting of the National Council elected only by Re-establishment. Also, together, they have decided that the MPs will go down to the base to organize the February 20 rally.

From a formal point of view, PD looks unified and on the surface all those who are blowing the fountains of unity seem to be right. But beyond this facade, not everything is entirely rosy. Because these flows that one might fight against Edi Rama, are separated between them by big gaps.

The spirit of what we are used to consider for convenience as the "Bardhi group" is based on a series of theses that are fundamentally incompatible with the spirit of Berisha's followers. They deny recognizing the milestone that divided PD, and that was the declaration of Sali Berisha non grata. They do not consider Secretary Blinken's action as the product of dirty lobbying from Tirana, and as a result, continue to sing the idiotic scenario of partnership with our strategic ally even when his representatives make colossal blunders in this country. As a result of this ridiculous pro-Americanism, they are cautious and uncritical of SPAK even when the latter proves that it is immersed head-to-toe in the agenda of power.

Another controversial point of theirs is that they do not recognize Berisha as the indisputable leader of the Democratic Party, much less accept him as a candidate for prime minister. Many of the exponents in the parliamentary group are convinced that the historical leader can no longer lead the PD to victory and call it unimaginable that the former president and twice prime minister, removed from power with over 1 million votes, will lead once again future electoral campaign.

On the other hand, the pulpitists, who have already usurped the chairs and the main positions in the party, being voted only by the leftist part of the opposition, speak with the language of being the majority. They are radical not only in the battle against Rama, but also against anyone who helps him, whether these are Special Prosecutors, whether they are diplomats of the mold, Lu, Kim or Escobar.

They respond to the criticism of Berisha's power with the numerical argument that the voters decide in a democracy. To the requests for reducing the role of the historical leader, they opposed the primaries as an argument, the principle of one member one vote and none of them dares to pronounce that Berisha, who is over 80 years old, moreover isolated, will not lead the next campaign.

So, if we look at it a little coldly and with a logical distance, no one can say how two groups with completely different mentality can be conceived. The former speak on behalf of a DP open to the public, the latter on behalf of the membership. One side emphasizes the non-confrontation with justice institutions, the other on the radicalism of the attitudes that the militants want. The newcomers desperately want an alliance with Western diplomats, the oppositionists remind them that they have mostly served the regime of Edi Rama and have repeatedly attacked the opposition. Those who see from the future, although they recognize Berisha's strength, no longer perceive him as hope, those who privilege history, insist that without him there is no PD.

This incompatibility in concepts is also the case in goals. Today it is Berisha who needs the "Bardhi group", to be accepted as a leader, to break the chains of isolation and to strengthen the opposition action. But tomorrow, when the votes are called and the lists of deputies are drawn up, it will be the last arrivals who will want Berisha's large reservoir of militants to continue his political career.

Therefore, the question that arises is: how can these theses and interests be unified in a single body? For this, the slogan of the battle against Rama is not enough. Even less the war of chairs and whistles or a single protest like the one on February 20.

A political pact is needed for this. The Bardhi Group must admit that it is a minority. As such, its members must be ready to "eat grass" and recognize a 'non grata' as their leader. Like it or not, they should denounce the political game of SPAK with the opposition leader. They must affirm with their mouths full which side the stamp and endorsement belongs to, and agree that the leader of the future campaign is determined by the majority.

Is that enough to call UNION?

In exchange for these strong concessions, which contradict the convictions so far, they must regain their seats in the DP, in the leadership, the National Council and the future lists of deputies. But this automatically goes through the institutionalization of a faction. Only such a person can really unite the PD.

Only organized within it, those who do not believe in Berisha, will continue, even as his critics, to guarantee their political future.

This is the only way the DP can solve, not the conflict of the last years, but the one that has accompanied it since the beginning of the 90s, that of a party where the anti-parishist democrats are also unrepresented. So the formula is: the minority must sacrifice by recognizing the majority and the latter must do the same by providing the minority with all the rights that make possible an indestructible political unification. 

Without taking this step, no matter how beautiful the events that happened this Monday may seem, they will have no effect. They can be undone with the same ease as they were conceived, when one or several MPs leave at the behest of a strategic ally, or some others are removed from the pre-election lists, because people don't like them, because they criticized Berisha.

These anomalies can only be avoided with a formula, that of creating a faction, which guarantees everyone to move forward, without denying themselves./ Lapsi

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