Even if there is no definitive date, in October the demonstrations of the Socialist Party and its allies should restart to demand transparency on the parliamentary elections of June last year.
In just over 60 minutes, opposition party leaders decided how much had been announced in recent days by Edi Rama, head of the Socialist Party: demonstrate since October to gain transparency on the June 2009 elections. In addition to Rama, Skënder Gjinushi, leader of the Social Democratic Party, Spartak Ngjela of the Legality and Justice Party, Vangjel Dule of the Union for Human Rights, Erion Veliaj of the G99 and Paskal Milo of the Social Democracy Party were also present.
It is the minor allies who communicate to journalists what the opposition has agreed. "The majority is not reflecting - declared Milo - and with these intentions it makes no sense for the dialogue of the deaf to follow. We will start demonstrating again in October in the various cities and then in Tirana ". Instead Spartak Ngjela, leader of the Legality and Justice Party, explains the reasons for the protests: electoral fraud, the economy, the absence of a development perspective and the loss of confidence in the current government.
Furthermore, opposition leaders agreed to act on the basis of a common platform. In the future they should have a venue for their meetings and a press center for statements and common positions. The June 2009 elections
Transparency on the latest parliamentary elections was the workhorse of the Socialist Party during the first year of the Berisha government. "Open the polls or get out" has become the movement of the demonstrations that the PS has organized since October 2009. The socialists boycotted the parliament until March, to resume the boycott after the majority failed to approve the bills they presented for the election inquiry. Their political action culminated in the hunger strike of 200 socialist activists and deputies, camped in front of the Council of Ministers headquarters last May. Despite the strike ended after 19 days with the mediation of the European Union, the dinner between Berisha and Rama in the presence of Parliament and European Commission leaders in Strasbourg did not lead to an agreement between socialists and democrats for the solution of the political crisis.
However, progress has been made. The socialists have returned to parliament and the parties agree that the parliamentary commission of inquiry should be led by the opposition and that it may consider the electoral documentation. The crux of the matter remains the opening of the ballot boxes containing the ballot papers. After having insisted for months on their opening, the Socialists agreed to seek the opinion of the Venice Commission. But nothing to do, the Democrats do not want to give up on this point even though this commission is an organ of the Council of Europe: it would harm national sovereignty.
Last week, the Central Electoral Commission had on the agenda the elimination of the ballot papers in view of the local elections of May next year. But the decision was postponed.
Difficult to prognosticate who will have won but the opposition seems determined to carry on its battle on condition that the government falls and does not participate in the next administrative elections.
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