The Albanian Parliament rejected last night with 69 votes against and 56 in favor, the proposal of the socialists for the establishment of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the 2009 elections.
The Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the 2009 elections is not to be done. Negotiations between the majority and the opposition at the weekend did not lead to any agreement, therefore in the parliamentary session of yesterday, for the umpteenth time, the sophistry and the political cacophony were the masters. From Nexhmije Hoxha, wife of ex-dictator Hoxha, to Marc Chagall and Harry Potter, from the code of honor of the mountaineers and the watermelons grown in Tropoje, mountainous region and birthplace of Berisha, to the maximum at the entrance of the Faculty of Oxford law, everything is broth to demonize the opponent and not work to resolve the crisis.
The sides did not move from their positions. Nothing new has been added to the debate in the hall characterized by mutual accusations and details on the meetings held these months between the parties to reach an agreement. The Democrats remain firm in the two offers made by Berisha to the Socialists during the session last Thursday: to choose between the 19 March 2010 approved proposal with the majority votes alone, or to integrate the first three points of the last socialist proposal with a fourth of the majority. The first would absolutely not be appropriate for the socialists. With regard to the second, the Democrats would agree on the institution of the commission, the object of the parliamentary inquiry and the majority in hindsight to the commission, granted to the opposition with the formula of the three votes granted to its President. On the other hand, as Berisha argued, "the investigation must be carried out under the Electoral Code and the Constitutional Court sentences". What does it mean? In the political scene, much and nothing at the same time: it depends on who interprets them. According to Berisha, "the Constitution Court states that the object of the investigation must be clear and contain tangible facts and groups of facts". Opinion also supported by the democratic rapporteur on the proposal, the deputy Viktor Gumi, for which, among other things, the Constitutional Court would establish in various judgments that parliamentary committees of inquiry should respect the division of powers, not investigate cases for the which the courts have expressed and not to replace other constitutional bodies. A position that has become more sophisticated in these months of crisis. In other words it means, among other things, to exclude from the investigation all the appeals made by the socialists in the hottest areas and rejected by the Electoral College of the Court of Appeal of Tirana between the end of July and the beginning of August of the 2009.
Instead for the socialists, as claimed by the group leader Gramoz Ruçi, the facts are in the eyes of all, it is enough to read the OSCE reports on the irregularities found by them during the electoral process, and all the tangible complaints made by the opposition at the time of the elections. It is the deputy Pandeli Majko, to provide the reasons that would push the democrats to want to include this fateful phrase "according to the sentences of the Constitutional Constitution". We would like to transform the commission "from an inquiry to an interpretation to waste time during its work on what it means fact or group of facts and what can be investigated or not". On the other hand, the fourth point of the Democrats would have gone to replace that of the socialists. The latter wanted to put the obligation of the Central Electoral Commission on white to put all the electoral documentation excluding the ballots at the disposal of the Commission of Inquiry. In short, the Democrats want the investigation to be carried out while also respecting the Electoral Code, and in reality this means that, within the 24 months after the elections, the CEC should decide on the destination of the electoral material sealed in the containers since the closure of the electoral process : which to archive, which to reuse and which to burn. As argued by the Democrats in the classroom, even if the CEC decides in the December 29 meeting, that is today, on this point, the Commission can turn to the State Archive for the necessary documentation. But the socialists are not there because it would mean having tampered with the content, now that they want to investigate only the documentation without the option of recounting the ballot papers.
And it is precisely on the recount that the majority and opposition have ventured into one of the sophistry of turn. The leader of the socialists Ruçi wanted to repeat in court the words of his leader Edi Rama, according to which, the socialists would never have asked for the recount of the votes but only to investigate the process of the ballot. It will have been a communication error then, because the slogan "I want to see my vote", one of the many used by the socialists in the first months of the protests, is clear. Instead Berisha, always opposed to the recount, now that the socialists do not include him in their inquiry proposal, invited them "not to withdraw and recount every vote, to show how the standards in the 2009 elections were fulfilled".
In the end, Parliament voted the proposal as presented by the socialists and rejected it with 69 votes against, 56 in favor and 1 abstained. And before closing the session also the resolution of the democrats following the socialists' motion on the opinion of the European Commission on the status of candidate country, not taking into consideration that advanced by the socialists. The opposition of Gramoz Ruçi was worthless, according to which the procedure was not respected. The motion and resolution were presented by the Socialists first, so if ever the resolution of the socialists had to be voted with the amendments made by the Democrats. So consider it this way, the President of the Assembly Jozefina Topalli replied, dissolving the session and wishing everyone a happy new year. Sara?