"Dear friends, today the 425 government meeting took place and the last of the two mandates of the majority of the PD. Thanks to the 7255 laws, legislative acts and decrees approved during these meetings and to the hundreds and thousands of national and international activities, the history, geography and geo-strategic role of Albania and the Albanians have been definitively transformed. "
The status shared by Sali Berisha with his 640 thousand fans on Facebook, summarizes in a few words his speech at the last meeting of the Council of Ministers last 5 September and the image that Berisha has of his political history and projects to the opinion public.
His last 100 minute monologue was anything but a farewell speech. In full Berish style: very similar to the speeches of the PolitByro of Enver Hoxha, the outgoing Prime Minister listed the achievements not only in the processes of Euro-Atlantic integration but also in the economy, education, infrastructure, the fight against corruption and all the other priorities for which he had returned to power in the 2005. Berisha's Albania does exist, but on paper or summarily described and he will continue to defend his distorted image with a straight leg.
Paradoxically, Berisha lost the 2013 elections for the same reasons he won them in the 2005. In two consecutive terms, he failed to defeat the phenomenon of corruption that is rampant in society and institutions. It did not complete the process of legalizing abusive building: of the 250 thousand open procedures, more than 90% are still ongoing and the process has turned into a millionaire affair for public officials. It has also failed in the depoliticization of public administration and has not created more jobs and opportunities for young people and families.
Many would have hoped for his retirement from the political scene, but the oldest deputy of the Albanian Parliament and with 8 sent behind in August established another personal record: 145 minutes of swimming in the waters of the Ionian Sea, demonstrating that the leader Democrat historian enjoys an iron health.
Furthermore, he is confident that he will not end up being defeated by Fatos Nano in the 2005 elections and ousted by Edi Rama who has established himself as the new leader of the Socialists. After his resignation from all party functions, Berisha not only did not withdraw, but dictated to the PD the line to follow: primaries for the election of the new president immediately and renewal of all the structures in the autumn. The primaries of the 22 last July were won by his dolphin, the Mayor of Tirana Lulzim Basha, and there was no lack of controversy from some democratic leaders who called the electoral process a farce.
In the summer, after the certainty of the electoral crash, the outgoing Prime Minister rediscovered the communicative potential of Facebook and daily, as it is in his style, shoots at zero against the new majority and the "failed painter", sometimes with suppositions at the limit of ridicule, even de-legitimizing the validity of his accusations. Berisha established one of the standards of Albanian political culture: the demonization of the adversary, including his private life, at all costs and with all available means. He acted as an opponent, a ruler and sometimes even an opponent of the government. It is time that the new leadership of the Democratic Party stands out for a new way of doing politics and an alternative line of opposition to the one imposed by Berisha on the whole system.
Another legacy of Berisha in Albanian political culture concerns the extreme polarization of society through the relativization of truth and objective facts. It is not important to verify or prove sources and clues, it is important to make accusations, to firmly support them in all the venues and public and media spaces available and to convince their militants of their merits.
In the 2005 Berisha returned to the government thanks also to his campaigns and accusations against the corruption of socialists and the links with organized crime. In truth, the only socialist exponent of a certain level arrested in February of the 2006, was Luiza Hoxha, ex-deputy and former General Director of the Albanian Post Office, while the other sensational arrests on corruption concerned center-right exponents. During the election campaigns of the last eight years, Berisha has continued to cultivate all kinds of accusations against his political opponents and with the defeat of the 23 last June these are multiplying. In this way, Berisha does nothing but de-legitimize himself and his government: either these accusations are hot air or he has opted for impunity in exchange for his.
Berisha will be active in politics for a long time and has promised that he will fight in parliament with the new majority. Were it for him we will find him again President of the Republic if the Democrats win the next elections. There is a way to get rid of it: just break with the political culture that imposed on the system as one of its dominant actors from the 1991, but the break must start from the Democrats.