Albanian socialists launch impeachment of president
By LLAZAR SEMINI
TIRANA, Albania (AP) – Lawmakers from the ruling Left Socialist Party in Albania have started the impeachment process against the country’s president whom they accuse of violating the constitution in the last elections, the head of the government said on Monday. their parliamentary group.
Taulant Balla said 50 socialist lawmakers called on parliament to open an investigation after determining that President Ilir Meta “before and during the election campaign committed actions contrary to the country’s constitution”.
During the April 25 election campaign, Meta accused the leftist government of Prime Minister Edi Rama of running a “kleptocratic regime” and of screwing up its response to the pandemic. Meta accused Rama of concentrating all legislative, administrative and judicial powers in his hands.
The Socialists won a landslide victory in the vote, securing 74 seats in the 140-seat parliament, enough to allow them to form a government on their own.
Balla said the existing parliament has sufficient time until September 9, when its term ends, “to institutionalize the formation of a commission of inquiry and end (the impeachment process) as part of its tenure. “.
But it was not clear whether the Socialists would be able to secure a two-thirds majority for an impeachment request to be granted. After the vote in parliament, the final verdict comes from the Constitutional Court.
Meta’s press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Socialists’ request for impeachment against him.
Meta’s post is largely ceremonial, with some powers over matters relating to justice and the military. His role is also generally seen as apolitical and the president is believed to be a symbol of the country’s unity. But he often clashed with the government of Rama.
Meta began his political career with the Socialist Party, but then left it to form the smaller Left Socialist Movement for Integration, or LSI. In 2017, when he was elected president for a five-year term, he left the leadership of LSI to his wife.
Meta has said he will resume LSI membership next year after his presidential term ends.
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