In the classic weekly appointment on Sunday, the 'Exclusive' program of the Top Channel broadcaster dedicated a report on the wealth of Albanian parliamentarians.
According to data published by 'Open Data Albania'the assets of the parliamentary 140 amounts to approximately 150 million.
This figure, however, is far from the real wealth, since the data lack all the data referring to the numerous real estate assets of parliamentarians, which are declared only once - at the time of purchase - and are no longer mentioned in the declarations later.
Exclusive, moreover, has focused on the phenomenon that characterizes the 'new parliamentarians', that is that all come from the world of bussiness. According to the latest analysis of the institute for political studies, the bussinessmen-politicians are about 26% of total parliamentarians and therefore the most dominant category.
"This is one of the paradoxes of Albanian politics. Millionaire politicians-bussinessman who decide for a mostly poor people " - says the well-known journalist Andi Bushati.
Among these new-entry millionaires, in the socialist party stands Adnor Shameti, former owner of the university 'Justiniani' and that in his long list of real estate assets has more than 60 properties. According to data from Open Data Albania, the socialist deputy has a total assets of 5,3 million. Among the opposition, however, there is a distinction among the new ones in the democratic party Agron Shehaj; its wealth in total amounts to approximately 23 million:
"I can justify every element of my properties, so I have absolutely no problem. Here in parliament, in addition to the conflict of interest, we have the problem of transparency. Many politicians have enormous wealth not registered in their name. The conflict of interest in this case is hidden. " - says Shehaj.
Despite their position, the law recognizes the possibility for Members who do not have a home in Tirana to have a state subsidy of around 280 euros per month to pay the rent of their apartment. This opportunity currently benefits 10 deputies, including the former mayor of Berat Fadil Nasufi, Nard Ndoka - whose wealth is estimated at around 900.000 euros - and Fate Veliaj, who despite the assets of 1,4 million benefits from the 'subsidy' .
Exclusive, 27 May 2018 - Top Channel Albania
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