Opposition calls on president not to decree NT bill

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 9, 2018 12:16

Opposition calls on president not to decree NT bill

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  • According to Basha, the project’s main goal is to launder dirty money coming from drugs, crime and corruption, while the law in itself is unconstitutional and destructive of the rule of law.

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TIRANA, July 9 – Albania’s leader of the opposition Democratic Party Lulzim Basha has been repeatedly calling on the country’s President Ilir Meta not to sign the draft law approved on Thursday by the Socialist led parliament for the new National Theatre building project in Tirana.

“Yesterday’s act was approving a law that legitimizes theft. Its only purpose is to rob land in the middle of Tirana to build six massive concrete towers. There is therefore no connection with arts and culture. It is not being done for the theatre. We call on the president not to decree the legitimization of theft,” Basha said.

According to Basha, the project’s main goal is to launder dirty money coming from drugs, crime and corruption, while the law in itself is unconstitutional and destructive of the rule of law.

Basha warned the opposition will face the government’s plans both on the streets and in public squares and that it will support “without hesitation every act warned in advance by the artists inside the theatre and anywhere else.”

Previously, the majority of artists still protesting the demolition of the old NT building and its replacement with a new one which will belong to a high-rise complex of building warned that if the parliament approved the draft law, they will lock themselves inside the NT to revoke it.

The draft-law was approved in parliament on Thursday amid tension between the government and the opposition, while outside the building actors and a number of activists had gathered, still protesting the government’s plans after months of consecutive protests.

According to the draft law, Tirana’s Municipality will begin negotiating with Albanian-owned “Fusha shpk,” which will build the new National Building theatre in exchange of being offered public land surrounding it, to erect a number of high-rise towers.

Meanwhile, the government argues the reason it is authorizing “Fusha shpk” to build the new NT building is due to lack of budget funds on its side.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 9, 2018 12:16