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Basha meets with EU ambassadors to discuss ways to resolve political crisis

Lulzim Basha; Source: EPP Summmit, Brussels; October 2014; Photo: WikimediaCommons; European People's Party; Copyright holder: DERIBAUCOURT.COM (based on EXIF)

ata_maliTIRANA – The main leader of Albanian opposition and president of Democratic Party Lulzim Basha on Thursday met with the ambassadors of the European Union and EU Member States to discuss ways to end a political deadlock that has gripped the country for over two months, ATA reports.

The EU Ambassador in Tirana, Romana Vlahutin, German Ambassador, Susanne Schütz, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dewi van de Weerd, Italian Ambassador, Alberto Cutillo, as well as other diplomats from the EU Member States attended the meeting at the DP Headquarters in Tirana.

Sources within the main opposition party said that meeting was called by the DP leader to inform European diplomats on the political situation in the country and ways to overcome crisis.

Three hours of talks between the Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha at the President’s office a day ago failed to reach a compromise which would defuse crisis and bring democrats back to the June 18 electoral process.

The opposition has boycotted the parliament since February, calling for Socialist PM to step down and creation of a caretaker government that would see the parliamentary elections. DP and smaller parties in opposition have threatened to escalate protest and start “a civil disobedience” starting with the mayoral elections in the western town of Kavaja this weekend.

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