Interviewed for Albanian Free Press by Albet Zholi
The accusations launched by the Democratic Party against the Interior minister, Fatmir Xhafaj, continue to be at the focus of political developments in the country. Yesterday, it was the chairman of the party, Lulzim Basha, who has once again accused Xhafaj of evading legal and political responsibility regarding his brother’s criminal dealings. Basha requested Xhafaj’s immediate resignation from the post of the Interior minister and allow investigations to take place. “Albania does not deserve to move from Tahiri’s affair to Xhafaj’s affair. On behalf of the opposition, I request the immediate resignation of Fatmir Xhafaj”, he said. But, how is this case seen by intellectuals? Albanian Free Press offers the insights of nine intellectuals. They are Altin Goxhaj, Nevila Xhindi, Xhelal Aliu, Gjet Ndoj, Zamira Çavo, Andis Harasani, Elmaz Sherifi, Përparim Kabo, Zaçe Islami.
How do they comment this latest political development? Why is the Interior minister being attacked by the opposition and should he resign? The resignation has no legal basis, because it’s a personal decision. Impeachment has a legal basis, because it’s a case of conflict of interest”, says counselor Goxhaj. Meanwhile, Professor Nevila Xhindi adds that “the Prime Minister is the one who is responsible for appointing him. He cannot be a model of representation for himself, let alone Albania”. According to her, the debate on Mr. Xhafaj ends here. Radio Tirana journalist, Xhelil Aliu says that “the Interior minister should not resign”. Professor Zamira Çavo says that “there is a lot of noise and not many facts”. “It’s Rama who should resign and not Xhafaj”, says on the other hand the former socialist MP, Andis Harasani. Meanwhile, Prof. Elmaz Sherifi says that “the prosecution must react about the latest accusations launched by the opposition”. Another professor who shares his insights with Albanian Free Press is Perparim Kabo. According to him, if the opposition has facts, it should take them to the prosecution. “Press conferences are not enough to resolve state affairs and protect civil order. Political emotions do not solve anything. Let us wait and see”, he says.