Opposition boycotts Parliament, the replacement of officials removed by the vetting process is postponed

Opposition boycotts Parliament, the replacement of officials removed by the vetting process is postponed
Yesterday the opposition has refused to vote the new legal amendments which foresee the replacement of the judges who have been impeached so far through the vetting process. By boycotting this session, the opposition has expressed its protest against this legal incentive, which in fact requires a qualified majority to be approved. It’s a fact that the vetting process has caused difficulties for several courts in the country, because a large number of judges are not managing to pass the screening process, while many others have resigned by creating vacancies in the system.

Their replacement is impossible for the time being, because the Board of Judges and Board of Prosecutors have not yet been set up. The role of these two institutions is to appoint judges and prosecutors. In order to overcome this situation, several amendments have been made in the law “On the status of judges and prosecutors”, which gives way to the replacement of departed judges. But, these amendments require 84 votes in parliament and the opposition has taken advantage of this by boycotting the voting. Unable to secure the necessary votes for this important legal initiative, the majority decided to delay its voting. Let us recall that the opposition has previously announced that it will not offer its consent on these amendments unless the minister of Interior, Fatmir Xhafaj and Prosecutor General, Arta Marku resign. On the other hand, yesterday, MPs also discussed the bill concerning the National Theater. Democrat MP, Edmond Spaho said that the result was manipulated, because according to him, Socialist Movement for Integration MP, Vangjel Tavo, appeared as if he participated in the voting, despite the fact that he was not present.

 

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