Rama alludes to the grand coalition government, Basha refuses – Exit
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama hinted that his party was open to a grand coalition with the main opposition party, the Democratic Party (PD), but its leader declined the offer.
Rama Told TV reporter on Wednesday that he would collaborate with opposition leader Lulzim Basha after the elections if the latter was willing to part ways with the smaller opposition party, the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI) and the former leader of PD Sali Berisha.
“I am ready to cooperate with the opposition after April 25 [elections], and with Basha too, but with the simple condition that he separates from Meta and Berisha. It is about transforming political life which has indeed become stressful for the Albanians, ”said Rama.
LSI was created and chaired by Ilir Meta, and his wife Monika Kryemadhi was elected to lead the party after Meta became president of Albania in 2017.
The leader of the ruling Socialist Party, Rama, has declared his goal of getting rid of the LSI from the country’s politics after leading Albania together for four years from 2013 to 2017. Speaking about this experience last weekend, Rama mentionned LSI had been a “cancerous tissue” in its first government but nevertheless achieved “a lot of good things” for the country.
The second and third largest parties in Albania, PD and LSI sign a pre-election coalition agreement in March, but they stand for election separately.
Rama also asserts in his political rhetoric that Basha is under the strong influence of Berisha.
Basha was elected leader of the PD following Berisha’s resignation in 2013 after losing the general election after ruling the country for two terms.
He recently accused Meta and Berisha of orchestrating a failed coup attempt, but subsequently backed away from his claims.
Basha responded to Rama’s suggested offer for a grand coalition government with a clear refusal. He said the Albanians would vote for his party to remove Rama from power, “and he will never be part of our government.”
The Prime Minister reiterated the need for a grand coalition which would allegedly unite the Albanians and end political conflicts.
“Lulzim, why Sali [Berisha] and Ilir [Meta] more important to you than Albania? The Albanians want unity, they want us all to work for them and their economy, beyond the pandemic, leaving behind old political conflicts, divisions, conflicts to the point of absurdity! Why don’t you want this? Rama replied.
Albania will hold general elections on April 25. The Socialist Party is running for a third term, while the opposition enters the elections after boycotting the parliament in February 2019, as well as the local elections in June 2019.