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Meta appeals for urgent dialogue and political solution in Albania

Ilir Meta; Photo: Albanian Parliament

ata_maliTIRANA – The head of SMI Ilir Meta, after the meeting of SMI leadership, appealed for an urgent dialogue and political solution of the situation that Albania is going through, ATA reports.
The leadership of Socialist Movement for Integration, after analyzing the current political situation with the political crisis and issue of elections looming large right now in our country, deems that the situation is too tense. The electoral reform and justice overhaul are at an impasse. Meanwhile, the citizens have significantly lost their confidence in politics and institutions,” Meta said.

The political, aggressive and inflammatory rhetoric is dominating the political developments and behaviour. Under these conditions, it is imperative to come up with a political solution as soon as possible. Any setback takes the country into uncharted territory and has unpredictable repercussions.

The SMI points out that right now the country needs a confidence-building government to guarantee non-involvement of public administration in elections and of State Police in particular, to guarantee a fierce and uncompromising crackdown on the phenomenon of narcotics as well as on any effort for criminal and illegal financing of elections.

Implementation of electoral reform is a key, yet unfulfilled and insurmountable condition as an inalienable guarantee for conduct of elections up to the standards and an electoral race putting political parties on equal footing. As a consequence of all this, the SMI decides to make available for the sake of a political solution in the country its political mandates, from that of parliament speaker, ministers up to all political posts of its representation,” Meta said.

Regarding the issue of coalition, Meta added that SMI is open to affirm the coalition with SP on the basis of so far achievements of the current coalition but also after a serious reflection on the functioning of this coalition as well as the analysis of unfulfilled goals.
If the SP leadership fails to show high commitment and political will to ensure free elections and provide the necessary guarantees in order for the opposition to be part of electoral process, the SMI will not be part of the coalition and either of a potential electoral farce.

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