Opposition MPs in Albania resign from Parliament in protest

TIRANA – Members of the Lulzim Basha’s Democratic Party, as well as the Socialist Movement for Integration, have resigned from their parliamentary post on 20 February. They accuse Prime Minister Edi Rama and the ruling Socialist Party of manipulating the results of 2017 elections, corruption and criminal affairs, state paralysis and oppression. The move represents the pinnacle of several weeks of political turmoil. EU Ambassador Luigi Soreca, as well as European Parliament Rapporteur Knut Fleckenstein criticized the decision while it was still being discussed.