There seems to be on end in sight to help ameliorate or otherwise resolve the long, bitter, ongoing political conflict between Rama and Berisha in Albania. Read on...
Albania Opposition Threatens Boycott, Protests
| 01 July 2010 |
Opposition leader Edi RamaOpposition Socialist MPs in Albania have said they plan to withdraw consensus on all votes in parliament that require more than a simple majority, and they have threatened to hold new street protests in September.
The decision by the Socialist opposition, which holds 65 out of the 140 seats in parliament, was announced on Wednesday. It comes after the party ended its nine month boycott of parliament on May 24 following the initiation of EU-sponsored talks to resolve the country's political crisis.
The talks have not yet yielded any concrete results, but the parliament had largely returned to normal following the nomination by the Socialist opposition of a deputy speaker and committee members.
Albania has faced political deadlock since the country's June 2009 parliamentary elections. Prime Minister Sali Berisha from the ruling Democratic Party and opposition leader Edi Rama of the Socialists have been locked in a stalemate over the results of the elections, which Berisha's party narrowly won.
Berisha and Rama have so far failed to agree on the powers of a parliamentary commission set to investigate alleged irregularities in the parliamentary ballot held on June 28, 2009.
While the Socialists seek a recount of the ballots, claiming that the government’s alleged fraud was to blame for their