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Albanian president denounces ruling backing local polls

AFP, Tirana
Albanian president denounces ruling backing local polls

Albania’s president yesterday denounced as politicised a decision by the country’s top election body to back holding local polls this weekend, over-ruling his decree scrapping the vote.

His comments were just the latest stage in a long-running political crisis in which opposition politicians have for months been calling for the prime minister’s resignation in regular street protests. The Electoral College on Monday rejected a bid by the small National Unity Party (PUK) to withdraw from the polls because of a decree issued by President Ilir Meta earlier this month cancelling the elections.

The move by the five-member college was seen as a green-light for holding the vote and the body said in a statement that it was a “final verdict that cannot be appealed”.

But Meta described the Electoral College’s ruling as a “procedural trick to politically justify the unlawful activity” of Prime Minister Edi Rama’s Socialist Party. In comments to journalists Tuesday, he insisted that their ruling did not affect the validity of his decree. The decision “has been taken under the conditions of majority’s pressure and political blackmail”, he added. Rama’s Socialists, who have started a lengthy process to oust the president over his decree, welcomed the college’s ruling as a victory.

But the opposition, which is holding weekly protests against Rama, insisted they would still honour the presidential decree and boycott the elections.

 

 

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