Ten days from the legislative elections, in Albania the tone of the electoral campaign can now be considered all in all within the limits of normality. And this represents a real novelty for the country's elections.
Those who have followed the 2009 policies will remember what rhetoric was based on at the time. The two opposition leaders, Rama and Meta, focused their efforts on the demonization of Prime Minister Sali Berisha, pointing to his government as responsible for the death of 26 people, in the 2008, when a weapons arsenal exploded in Gërdec, a few kilometers away from Tirana. The expression most used at the time by the opposition was "Sali-Gerdeci", to clearly link the name of the head of the Council of Ministers with the place of the disaster.
After the 2009, even more serious events took place, such as the murder of four peaceful Protestants a few meters from the doors of the government building, by the Guardia della Repubblica (Albania News took care of the facts, of the repercussions and the process ).
Despite this, up to this point in the election campaign, the opposition leader Edi Rama at best has dealt with Berisha's aesthetic events, such as his appearance, calling him the "Great-grandfather with bulletproof vest", with reference to the fact now known that the premier is taking too much care for his own safety.
However, the possible implications of Berisha in the killing of the listed 26 people, for which so much has been discussed all these years, suddenly seem forgotten, as well as the fact that the workhorse of the opposition end a few weeks ago, or the accusations of corruption and cronyism towards the family of Berisha, which according to the PS is a caste of billionaires who have enriched themselves with the country's natural resources and public funds, it also seems to have stumbled into some kind of political puddle, unknown to the others.
Even Berisha for his part, who has never spared strong reactions of various kinds, from the accusations of 2009 to Rama with appellations such as "Mister 20%", or "A palace, a vote" (to accuse him of bribes and political favors in exchange for the license to build anywhere when he was mayor of Tirana), during the current campaign at most he even went so far as to say a few words, not even too personal. An example is the choice of the political opponent to use an Obama-style coach, all colored, during his campaign. Since Rama, as a color-loving painter, turned the pink of the Socialists into a deep purple with the word "Rebirth" in the center, Berisha put his own by defining the bus not purple, but "livid" (he too as a cardiologist, he relied on his profession in catching the joke). Moreover while Rama accuses him of lies for the ten thousand kilometers of roads that according to Berisha were built in Albania during his two terms, the former professor counters by inviting Rama to continue to stay in his livid colored bus for the next four years, traveling in the road infrastructure that the government has built according to him.
First and foremost, with all due respect to our political representatives, this rhetoric, which might seem inappropriate enough to be treated with such seriousness, deserved this brief space to demonstrate the fact that political sophistry can turn into jokes or a cat's game with the mouse, in relation to the general level of a said political class.
But behind this apparent serene climate of conciliation there could be other underlying reasons.
For example, unlike the 2009, when Rama based everything on his own strength and was therefore "forced" to be extremely aggressive to capitalize as many votes as possible, there is now Ilir Meta at his side, precisely the one who allowed Berisha to rule over the past four years and has now changed sides again. So the greatest chance of victory, makes Rama more calm and flexible, so much so as to turn a blind eye to the alleged criminal or corrupt events of Berisha and his family.
Even Berisha for his part, sniffing that his and his family's impunity would be guaranteed even in the event of a loss in the elections, does not intend to use the iron hand against his political opponents. As long as Meta can be considered as such, given that in-extremis political pirouettes he understands too well.
In fact, before leaving the government and returning to the field of the left (1 April), neither Meta nor Rama were able to prevent Berisha from appointing his trusted men to head all the main Courts (Appeal, Cassation, etc.) , dutifully decreed by the President of the Republic, his former Minister of Justice and the Interior.
So the apparent calm nothing else could be but a mirage of power, which the Socialist Party sees closer than ever. If so, an untouchable Berisha could even go well for his "Renaissance" of Albania. And it wouldn't be the only one. In fact, even in the ranks of the assembled opposition of untouchables now there would be (it was a video of Meta in which it was discussed of conspicuous bribes, which caused the protest and the following death of the four citizens the 21 January 2011). So now that the untouchables are on both sides of the political trenches, making a tabula rasa would not only be impossible but also inconvenient, partitically speaking. Cast the first stone who is without sin! Now not only that no more stones can be thrown away for fear of not being murdered by the conservative forces of the Albanian tangentopoli, but sinners, here and there, are proving that they could guarantee a reciprocal amnesty, in the supreme name of the primordial or divine instinct to govern undisturbed.
Well, if this is the case, there are only two possibilities: either that the entire political class recycles itself for a long time under the sign of the alliance of the untouchables, or that someone "goes crazy" and once in power turns into punishing judge of political opponents. But fearing that the opening of this vicious circle could mark the end of a whole political class, pending that, under the aegis of the still very distant European Union, it would lead to cases like that of Croatia or Slovenia, in which the political elite he is on trial or sentenced for corruption, and waiting for a Falcone to appear even in the land of the eagles, all we have to do is enjoy the jokes.
We didn't accidentally forget to mention the active Albanian citizen (politically speaking), it's just that he doesn't exist at the time of writing. It will certainly take less time than the Ottoman occupation of Albania so that he too will be freed from the chains of political parties. But for now, Taksim squares in our part do not even smell, even because of the different social-economic level compared to Istanbul. However, the people need to build their own modern heroes that lead them to the future challenges that are now not seen on the horizon, but that could soon become a new 1991, a revolution of the Albanians against any kind of misgovernment.