Albanian Prime Minister to Sack President of the Country
By LLAZAR SEMINI
TIRANA, Albania (AP) – The Albanian Prime Minister on Monday expressed his determination to remove the president from his post, saying he had embarrassed the country.
Prime Minister Edi Rama has said President Ilir Meta should be removed from office. Rama’s Socialist Party accused Meta of violating the constitution by taking sides in an election last month.
Last week, lawmakers formed an inquiry committee to decide whether to impeach Meta. Forty-nine Socialist lawmakers have claimed Meta failed in its constitutional duty to ensure national unity by siding with the opposition ahead of the April 25 elections.
The Socialists won 74 of the 140 seats in parliament in this vote, which allowed them to form a cabinet themselves. Yet impeaching the Meta requires a two-thirds majority in Parliament, which the Socialists do not have, and the approval of the Constitutional Court of Albania.
Meta said he would not recognize the validity of the parliamentary committee. His press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Rama’s comments.
During the election campaign, Meta accused Rama of leading a “kleptocratic regime” and of concentrating all legislative, administrative and judicial powers in his hands.
The presidency of Albania is largely ceremonial but exercises some authority over the judiciary and the armed forces. The role is also generally considered apolitical, but Meta has regularly clashed with Rama’s government. His presidential term is expected to end in July 2022.
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