18.07.2021 – 10:40
If there was a need for another public and open measure between the popularity of Sali Berisha and Lulzim Basha in the DP, on Saturday we saw one at the Palace of Congresses. The first was greeted with applause from a former senior leader whom the militants have never forgotten, while the second received the bureaucratic applause of a hall that knows it is headed by a mayor who cannot pull the leader’s wheelchair, but is there and they can not remove it. Berisha was given a bunch of fresh flowers in his hand, Basha was given a wreath of paper flowers that are usually given by the protocol and the ceremonial when you are the first of the country.
It started as a theater and ended as such the post-election period in the Democratic Party. A chain of events, from April 25, which with the way they were packaged, sold and served, all sought to ensure an easy victory and at the lowest possible cost for Lulzim Basha. An unconditional reconfirmation of the one who has led the party to the position of political force where successive electoral losses neither shake nor shake the leadership.
Since April, the DP has tried to justify keeping Lulzim Basha in the mayor’s office, with the plot to steal votes. There have been few, very few who have dared to openly declare the king’s nakedness. Basha’s rivals in the presidential elections have remained in the minority, who have demanded that the most elementary fact be known, that of losing the party in the elections, and not to camouflage the defeat with Toma, Gjushi or Damjani.
In this context, Sali Berisha’s personal plight with the Americans, the declaration non grata, comes as a tail on the tail. “It rains on wet ground,” say the Italians. Although clear messages are coming from the US in these hours against the entry of the former prime minister in the September Parliament, Berisha took care on Saturday to give the exact opposite message, that of accepting the mandate of deputy. As usual, this statement excited the militants who are ready to believe that America loves Berisha, and that everything is the fruit of Soros’ conspiracy!
Berisha said that his battle with the Americans is not urgent and that he trusts his lawyer. That the Doctor should not be in a hurry on an issue that he knows very well that he has lost once and for all, this should not surprise us. He already lives only for his sorrow and interest. Because if he saw even for a moment the interest of the party he has led for two and a half decades, he would have to remove from Basha’s back the burden of the non grata stamp they have put on him in Washington. Even without him, Lulzim Basha has a lot of worries and he can not keep the office he has, and he can no longer pull back the office with “red visa” of Berisha.
But the DP Assembly hall showed that the DP continues to naively pursue nostalgia for the beautiful days of power with Berisha, refusing to understand that Berisha’s train leads nowhere. Holding the former speaker in parliament on its back, the Democratic Party decides to open with its own hands a second front of conflict, the front it has never won since its inception – the clash with the Americans! It was clear in the Assembly that the high quotes of the Doctor among the delegates will mean an even more difficult position in the fall for Basha, with the hot potato “Berisha” in his hands!
Mark Marku’s strong call for enlightenment from the podium of the Assembly, Nishani’s boycott and Shehaj’s departure were a minority of a hall that seems to have been applauding Sali Berisha for 30 years in a row. Saturday’s assembly was the next case for the DP, to show a minimum of realism and awareness of where it is. It was a missed opportunity to face the list of crises and sharp problems it has to solve. And that showed once again that he has decided not to solve them. Acknowledged the consolidation of Basha’s power with some barren statutory and organizational changes, agreed to bear on his back in the future Berisha’s quarrel with the US government. In both cases, by resolving the concerns of the chairman and the former chairman, he left unresolved his own concerns. Incapable of the path he has chosen…