A year after the elections, domestic political developments no longer on the focus

A year after the elections, domestic political developments no longer on the focus
A year ago, they headed to the polls to elect a majority which would not need coalitions. A year later, Albanians are no longer focused on what’s happening in the domestic stage, but rather on the pending decision concerning the opening of EU accession talks. This is Albania’s political reality a year after the June 25, 2017 general elections, which reconfirmed the Socialist Party in power with 74 seats, enabling it to govern on its own, without the need of entering a coalition with other parties. A journey which has not at all been an easy one. Although Rama has been governing on his own, his cabinet has gone through a year filled with many challenges. Let us recall the saga of attacks launched against the two interior ministers. These attacks would intensify immediately after general elections, especially against former Interior minister, Saimir Tahiri.  Considered as the most successful minister and the most commended one by the prime minister during the first term in office,  he suddenly saw himself facing accusations for involvement in international drug traffic. The case went as far as issuing a house arrest against him, but later, this order was repealed. But, problems for the new government cabinet would not end there.

Tahiri’s successor, Fatmir Xhafaj would be accused by the opposition for drug traffic, but this time, the case involved his brother. This was another “storm” which generated a series of political developments, culminating with a big protest organized by the opposition demanding the minister’s resignation, which did not happen. However, such developments don’t seem to have forced the Prime Minister to make cabinet changes. The cabinet continues to remain the same a year on. It’s been a while that he’s been focusing on a much larger objective. The opening of EU accession talks is a battle that this majority is seeking to win at any cost…

 

 

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