The Parliament of Albania dismissed yesterday with 104 votes in favor, 7 against and 3 abstentions the President of the Republic, in his second attempt within a year.
For the majority, Ilir Meta, who received 87 votes when he was elected President in April 2017, is no longer the President of the Republic, but it is up to the Constitutional Court to have the final say. 7 votes against were from the opposition deputies, who through their speech declared their opposition to the dismissal of President Meta.
They are Lefter Maliqi, Adriatik Alimadhi, Artur Roshi, Elda Hoti, Fatjona Dhimitri, Suzana Topi and Gjetan Gjetani. The vote to oust the President was conducted by secret ballot box, with a commission administering the process. The chairman of the voting commission was the socialist deputy Alket Hyseni, who headed the special investigative commission for the dismissal of the President. The deputies appeared in the secret chambers set up in the Assembly hall to express their vote, while the atmosphere among the deputies was very friendly, showing that both the majority and the opposition were in unison for the decision taken. During the vote count, when the pro votes passed the number 94, as much as is minimally needed for the dismissal of the President, applause erupted in the hall.
In the end, with the announcement of the official result, there was no lack of hugs between the socialist and opposition deputies. But the April 25 elections showed an unprecedented phenomenon in the elections, opposition MPs such as Halit Valteri in Tirana, Vasil Sterjovski in Korca, Edjola Braha in Gjirokastra, Nimet Musai in Fier, Lefter Koka in Durres were part of the Party list Socialist, where except for Lefter Koka no one took office. Therefore, there were no surprises for their vote in such a fierce battle between the majority and the President for his dismissal from Parliament. But out of 104 deputies who voted in favor of dismissing Ilir Meta, there are many who did not get the people’s vote of confidence on April 25, or the confirmation of the party chairman to be part of the list or to be on the winning list. 66 deputies, out of 104 who voted in favor of dismissing Ilir Meta as President, from the majority and the parliamentary opposition will not be part of the new legislature starting in September.
The majority set up a commission of inquiry into President Meta’s dismissal shortly after the April 25 election, prompted by his campaign statements and clashes with US Ambassador Yuri Kim. Within less than a month, as rarely and within the legal deadlines for the establishment of commissions of inquiry, the deputies of this commission, SP and parliamentary opposition drafted a voluminous report listing the constitutional violations of the President and the consequences they had brought to life. country. The report of the commission for the dismissal of Meta also received 104 votes in favor, 7 against and 2 abstentions. In the 96-page report, the commission of inquiry listed Geta’s serious violations of the Constitution, in which the President violated his constitutional role and position as Head of State and representative of national unity.
From the investigative process and the justifications reflected above in this report, it resulted that the President has committed a series of constitutional violations, by which the President has violated his constitutional role and position as Head of State and representative of national unity. Acts of the President in violation of the principle of the rule of law, his disrespect for human rights and freedoms, actions in opposition to the general state policy in foreign relations, violations of the principle of separation and balance of powers, violation of independence functioning of independent and state bodies, lack of respect for the rule of law, one-sided or unbalanced attitudes of the President, especially those inciting violence, loss of his neutral role as Head of State, which is not included in the daily political game “but it must stand above the parties and ensure the democratic functioning of the institutions, are all actions that have lost the attributes of the Head of State and the representative of the unity of the people to the President”, the report states.
VOTED AGAINST DISMISSAL
MPs who VOTED FOR DISMISSAL AND ABSTAINED
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN VOTING
MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT WHO VOTED FOR DISMISSAL, BUT WILL NOT BE MORE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
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