The President of the Republic, Ilir Meta, has relieved himself of all responsibility regarding the political crisis in which the country finds itself.
Crisis that led the country's opposition to resign from the parliament en bloc and to boycott the last local elections of last 30 June, in addition to having brought the same Meta a decree indicating the October 13 as the date for the local, governmental and presidential.
Despite every legal deadline for holding the October 13 elections has passed, Meta said today - before the parliamentary investigative committee - that the date is still in effect and is waiting for it to be included in the official agenda.
The president then specified that the October 13 was chosen because it is closer to the EU Council of Ministers who will decide on the opening of official negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia.
Meta also justified the change in the date of the elections by stating that it was in the interest of the entire national and not in that of one or more parties.
"The immediate cancellation without consulting any political party of the date of the 30 June came after information arrived from important security institutions, according to which in the anti-government protest of the 8 June would have set fire to the parliament."- said Ilir Meta, who also stated that the documents with this information can be made available to members of the parliamentary committee. However, the documents must have a security certificate as they are considered state secrets.
In fact, signs of violence in the protests had been perceived a bit by all but were promptly stopped by the statement of US deputy secretary of state, Matthew Palmer, who urged the two opposition leaders - Lulzim Basha and Monika Kryemadhi - to publicly condemn the acts of violence and threatened to no longer grant entry into the United States to those who would have obstructed the elections.
It is the first time in the history of Albanian politics that a president has to face an investigative commission that asks for his removal from office. The commission was specifically set up to investigate whether the head of state violated the Constitution by canceling the June 30 elections.