Opposition leader in Albania: protests will go on

Lulzim Basha

The leader of the Albanian opposition, Lulzim Basha said that the opposition is determined to continue the protests that it has started until the government steps down, demanding free and fair elections.

The comments came following a meeting that he had on Saturday with deputy US ambassador to Tirana.

“When all the powers have been concentrated in one hand, then the people should take fate into their own hands until Albania finally has a parliament and a government elected by them”, he said.

Basha believed that the political situation could be solved without dialogue, noting “Because dialogue between me and Mr. Rama showed that it damaged Albania’s interests and it showed how it can be misused by a man who pretends to be the leader of the Socialist Party, but who, in reality, is a man who collaborates with organized crime”, he added.

Answering a question about the demands made by the deputy US ambassador to Tirana, Basha said that the position of the Democratic Party is clear and that there’s no turning back.

During the past few weeks, the opposition has been staging a number of anti-government rallies, requesting the resignation of the current PM, Edi Rama and the holding of a snap poll. In the meantime, the opposition has also decided to withdraw its MPs from parliament as a means of pressure to force the government to resign. Nevertheless, the ruling Socialist Party led by Prime Minister Edi Rama is determined to complete its term in office.

Thousands of supporters of Albanian opposition gathered numerous times in front of the Parliament, demanding the resignation of the government over what they said is corruption and crime.

 The international community has condemned the opposition’s actions, calling on its MPs to return to parliament. 

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