Socialist govt begins local elections campaign, as opposition demands PM’s resignation

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times June 1, 2019 06:51

Socialist govt begins local elections campaign, as opposition demands PM’s resignation

TIRANA, June 1 – Saturday in Albania officially marked the first day of electoral campaigning for local government leadership.

The ruling Socialist Party was the only major party to start campaigning through a festive gathering, as the opposition’s Democratic Party prepared for another protest on Sunday, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Rama and the establishment of a caretaker government that can provide early elections.

The Socialist Party is steadfastly moving towards the June 30 local elections, while the Democratic Party has resigned from parliament and has announced it will not only be participating in these elections with municipal candidates, but will also try to boycott them.

Both sides are holding extreme positions, with the SP saying the elections will definitely be held, and the opposition saying it will boycott them.

The Central Election Commission even decided not to accept opposition commissioners in the management of the electoral process, a decision that the opposition has appealed.

Since February, when the opposition resigned its parliamentary mandates, it has organized several protests which have seen, among others, clashes with the police.

The DP’s protesters have also thrown smoke bombs, while police have dispersed protesters using tear gas during some of these protests.

High Albanian and international authorities have called on political parties to maintain their calm and start talking about key issues in the country.

However, both major leaders of the parties – namely, Rama and Basha – are holding opposing attitudes to each other’s demands.

Political life monitors estimate that the big party leaders are also leading their supporters to take extreme positions.

They express concern about the tensions created and the risk of physical collisions at the end of the month, as the date for the local elections approaches.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times June 1, 2019 06:51