Socialist Movement for Integration elects new chairman

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times May 5, 2017 10:50

Socialist Movement for Integration elects new chairman

Petrit Vasili is the new leader of the Socialist Movement for Integration. (Photo credit: TV screen grab)

Petrit Vasili is the new leader of the Socialist Movement for Integration. (Photo credit: TV screen grab)

TIRANA, May 3 – Minister of Justice Petrit Vasili has been elected chairman of the Socialist Movement for Integration, following the resignation of Ilir Meta, who has been chosen to be the Albania’s next president.

The announcement was made during the SMI convention held in Tirana. Party supporters also elected Monika Kryemadhi, a longtime lawmaker and Meta’s spouse as first deputy chair of Socialist Movement for Integration.

The newly elected president made his last appearance at the party convention, summarizing SMI’s thirteen year journey in the muddy waters of Albanian politics. He talked about challenges and political pressures that the two major parties, Socialist Party and Democratic Party exercised in 2008, in an attempt to throw SMI off the tracks.

“We never surrendered. We grew a lot since that dark night in April 2008, when the Constitution was amended in an effort to eliminate our new party. It was an unprecedented act, and Albania is still suffering the consequences of that cursed code which represents the roots of the conflict and irresponsible politics,” Meta said in his speech at the convention.

He urged the new party leadership to take decision with love for the country and calmness.

“SMI must be the force that keeps its word in the future as well,” Meta said.

Socialist Movement for Integration (Lëvizja Socialiste për Integrim) was established in September 2004 as a breakaway group from the Socialist Party. It describes itself as a Social Democratic party.

One year after its formation, LSI won five seats in parliament. In 2009, SMI entered an alliance with the Democratic Party and in 2013 it switched sides and joined the Socialist Party-led Alliance.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times May 5, 2017 10:50