25.05.2021 – 21:05
By Alfred Peza
The decision of the Constitutional Court to remove the possibility for the President to block, according to his personal humor, the decree of a ministry proposed by the Prime Minister, is the last beginning of an anti-systemic mandate at the head of the Albanian state. A period that will end, after going to the end of the initiative, to dismiss Ilir Meta as Head of State. Putting on the pedestal the sanctity of the unity of the people, expelling the individual along with his political troubles, restores the normality of the state.
Albania is a Parliamentary Republic, where the role and functions of the President remain protocol, honorary, outside of private activity and being a member of a political party. The only one who has broken the good tradition created by Rexhep Meidani, Alfred Moisiu, Bamir Topi and Bujar Nishani, is Ilir Meta. He has not only exceeded his constitutional rights, but has justified himself in any deeply political action in which he is involved, on the grounds that he is doing so in the name of defending democracy.
Ilir Meta took on the role of a “Robin Hood” of the XXI century, to prevent at all costs and prices through the street together with the opposition, the establishment of the new justice system. In doing so, neither in the name of law, nor in the name of the Constitution, nor in the name of the separation and control of powers, nor in the name of natural right, but in the name of a “divine” right. Do you think that democracy is a divine mission, which everyone can assign to himself, according to his personal desire and personal grief.
This mentality and this anti-systemic approach, led Ilir Meta to take unprecedented steps that not only the law and the constitution do not recognize, but also the good practice and tradition of the institution does not justify. Neither the President elected from the ranks of the SP, nor the one accepted by consensus, nor those who came from the ranks of the DP before him, had dared to do his actions. Despite having previously held very high party positions and their parties were in power, at the time of taking office.
Ilir Meta, although with a very long political experience, and the only one who has held all the duties and the highest functions, rejected all the norms and consciously violated the written and unwritten rules and regulations of the function. Only a very big personal problem and a courage hardened beyond any limit, can force a politician of this caliber, to deserve to be called by many as the worst President that Albania has had in the 30 years of post-communism.
Non-decree of the ministers proposed by the Prime Minister through press statements and not the signature of the seal in the decrees; the decree of the local elections that he had previously appointed in view of the political game of his family party; holding opposition-inspired rallies outside the costume of the President and the fence of the institution; entering into a political war with the legitimate government; active participation in the election campaign; statements that incited violence, disruption of the unity of the people and rhetoric against the strategic allies of the country – are some of the deeds of 4 years of Ilir Meta at the helm of the state.
He exploited for this a gap created in time by the dysfunction of the Constitutional Court, due to the reform of the system that ousted judges and prosecutors captured by the country’s old and corrupt political elite. The President of the Republic did not choose at this moment, to climb to the height that allows the spirit and letter of the Constitution, to be unitary. He did not choose to act “calmly and lovingly.” But he chose to be biased. Disruptive. Fire extinguisher. Confronting. Antishtet. Antisystem. Therefore, he lost the popular referendum of April 25, in front of the Prime Minister Edi Rama and the Socialist Party.
The punishment of the sovereign was done by vote, at a time when the Constitutional Court was re-established and is fully functioning. An institution that no longer leaves to the desire and humor of Ilir Meta and anyone else, the issues of interpretation of important constitutional acts and decisions in Albania. The first decision against the incumbent President has just been signed. Others await us in the near future.
We do not know now if the Constitutional Court will vote for the dismissal of Ilir Meta, after the decision has been taken by the Parliament. What is certain is that as soon as the first clear signal was given, that Albania will never have another President like him.