Opposition: “No local elections with Rama as PM”

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times April 19, 2019 10:20

Opposition: “No local elections with Rama as PM”

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  • According to the DP, “the grave political crisis in the country does not allow democratic standards for free and fair elections. It has been proven that the Government of Edi Rama has cooperated with organized crime for the buying of ballots.”

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TIRANA, April 18 – The Albanian opposition officially announced on Thursday it will not participate in the upcoming local elections on June 30.

The Democratic Party presidency approved a proposal by head of the DP Lulzim Basha according to which the DP “can register in elections only after conditions have been created for free and fair elections.”

According to the DP, “the grave political crisis in the country does not allow democratic standards for free and fair elections. It has been proven that the Government of Edi Rama has cooperated with organized crime for the buying of ballots.”

But apart from not participating, the DP, with Basha’s proposal, will engage in also blocking the elections from taking place normally.

“The Democratic Party of Albania is committed through the defense of democracy and the right of free vote not to allow, other than free elections, no electoral show,” the announcement stated, while also clarifying that it is also engaged and “to disable through the escalation of opposition and citizen action, the development of fake elections, dictated by organized crime and dirty money that destroy democracy and the will of Albanian citizens.”

The decision of the presidency was also approved by the National Council of the DP.

Basha  gave no further details after the meeting on how this action of the opposition will be brought to life. Meanwhile he replied to the calls of international representatives for a dialogue between the parties, that “the precondition for a real dialogue is the resignation of Edi Rama.”

The second opposition party Socialist Movement for Integration reacted in a similar manner.

At the end of the presidency meeting, Deputy Chairman Luan Rama said that according to him “Albania is a captured state, a state captured by criminal structures that have imposed their will on the elections that have produced a majority serving crime and over the basis of this reality, the political action of the SMI involved in the whole political and civic action of the opposition, will continue with determination not to allow this country to have more false elections, not to allow this country to have choices that are commanded and bought by criminal groups, to elect the power and the government that serves them.”

Individual decisions of the two main opposition parties are expected to be part of a wider agreement which the other opposition parties will join.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times April 19, 2019 10:20