Socialist majority withdraws attempt to impeach President Meta

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 17, 2020 15:08

Socialist majority withdraws attempt to impeach President Meta

TIRANA, July 17 - The Socialist majority has withdrawn its intentions to impeach Albania's President Ilir Meta.

According to the Socialist Party's investigative report presented during the meeting of the Commission of Inquiry on July 17, President Meta exceeded his powers, but the violations are not of such magnitude as to justify his impeachment.

The SP also recommended the Parliament to make an organic law for the review of the powers of the President and intervention in the Constitution to avoid the grid lock that was created due to the Constitutional Court appointments.

However, it seems that there are two different stances on the matter: that of the Socialist majority, and that of the parliamentary opposition.

Meanwhile, President Meta discussed today with the chairman of the opposition Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, the possibility of reconvening the Political Council, which reached an agreement on June 5 for the electoral reform.

The clash between the parties began after Meta decided not to appoint one of the candidates for the vacancy to be filled by the Head of State, arguing that he had already filled a vacancy and it was up to Parliament to proceed with electing a candidate from the lists. 

According to the majority, Meta failed to abide by the 30-day deadline set by the law, and as a result, the top-ranked candidate Arta Vorpsi was automatically named. 

The parliament followed with the election of two candidates, while Meta subsequently decreed from his list Marsida Xhaferllari who was invited to take the oath, along with the two candidates elected by parliament.

Meta spoke about an attempt by the majority to take over his powers and launched a fierce battle against the Chairman of the Justice Appointments Council, Ardian Dvorani, whom he described as the cause of the created situation and a man who had worked on behalf of the ruling majority.

All of this, as well as the further decision of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee, set up to dismiss Meta as president, to expand the scope of his work, not only on the occasion of the decree canceling the June 30 elections, but also on the appointments to the Constitutional Court constitute the first part of the more than 40-page petition Meta filed with the Venice Commission.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 17, 2020 15:08