As the Central Election Commission closed the curtain on the registration of political parties wishing to participate in the June 30th local elections, eight opposition parties have signed an agreement declaring their commitment not to take part!
The Democratic Party’s representation has signed the 10-point pact which was initially made with the Republicans led by Fatmir Mediu.
Then Agron Duka for the Environmentalist Agrarian Party, Vangjel Dule for the Unity for Human Rights Party and Nard Ndoka for the Demochristian Party also signed the agreement.
Adding to the list was then Dashamir Shehi for the Movement for National Development, Shpëtim Idrizi for the Party for Justice, Integration and Unity, and finally Monika Kryemadhi for the SMI.
The agreement underlines that the signatory parties of this Coalition will register for elections only after it has been determined that conditions for free and fair elections have been created.
According to the coalition, the only way this could occur is through the formation of a Transitional Government which receives a special interim mandate.
The pact declares the responsibilities of the coalition as follows:
-Returning to political legitimacy of local government through the realization of snap elections
-Preparing free and fair elections at both parliamentary and local levels for Albania
-Realizing the electoral reform and pursuing its implementation, with a particular focus on breaking the link between politics and crime, combating the massive phenomena of vote-buying, preventing criminal intimidation of voters, and eliminating inequality among political parties involved
-Creating a climate of trust in implementing justice reform outside any political interference, and
-Creating the necessary conditions to accelerate the start of Albania's accession negotiations with the European Union.
The agreement also states that the signatories will not allow farce elections organized by the government of Edi Rama, a stand which was particularly emphasized by Monika Kryemadhi.
Once again, the DP chair, Lulzim Basha, underlined the allegations made against the majority.
“We will never accept a false election process dictated by crime, as false elections produce false parliament and false government,” Basha explained.
The DP chair went on to add that talks to expand the coalition even further will continue, and he didn't spare a message for Astrit Patozi, a member of the newly formed “Democratic Conviction” party, either - nor any of the other Opposition MPs who chose to accept their mandates.
“Of course, there can be no fake opposition,” retorted Democratic Party Chair, Lulzim Basha.