META-RAMA CONFLICT, ALBANIAN FREE PRESS ANALYSTS OFFER THEIR INSIGHTS

META-RAMA CONFLICT, ALBANIAN FREE PRESS ANALYSTS OFFER THEIR INSIGHTS
The President of Republic rejected the proposal of the Prime Minister to dismiss Foreign Minister, Ditmir Bushati and appoint Gent Cakaj in his place. Currently, Cakaj holds the post of vice minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Meta says that Cakaj has committed a criminal offense by not obtaining a security clearance during the seven months he held the post of vice minister of Foreign Affairs. To discuss on these intensive developments of the recent hours, Albanian Free Press organized the following forum with its permanent columnists, Roland Qafoku, Eduard Zaloshnja and Frrok Çupi. In this forum, they comment Mr. Meta's decision, Mr. Rama's reaction following the presidential decision and whether the refusal to sign the nomination of the most important minister of the governing cabinet is a good reason for the head of the government to step down

Questions

The president of Republic rejected the proposal made by the Prime Minister to remove Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati and nominate Gent Cakaj, who’s currently vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, in his place. Mr. Meta says that Cakaj has committed a criminal offense by not obtaining a security clearance during  his time in office as vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.

How do you comment Mr. Meta’s decision?

What about Mr. Rama’s reaction after this refusal?

We know from other examples in world politics that such developments have obliged heads of governments to resign. Do you think that Edi Rama too should do this following the president’s rejection?

ROLAND QAFOKU

  1. I see the decision taken by president Meta not to sign the decree for the dismissal of the minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati and the nomination of Gent Cakaj in his place, in a political point of view and a technical point of view. In both of these levels I consider the president’s decision to be fair. In the absence of a strong opposition, this decision is the only clear voice which counters the arrogance of the head of the government on the numerous decisions that he takes by totally disregarding institutions and the laws of this country. We now have a president who has told him “enough is enough”. The head of the government cannot act like he used to when he was mayor of Tirana and when he did everything he wanted without caring the least. On a technical point of view, the fact that a vice minister and then a minister is not issued a security clearance, is outrageous. A state is based on laws and rules. If Cakaj did not have his security clearance, then the President is right.
  2. Rama had never imagined that the man that he had “deported to the presidency”, turned out to be stronger than the honorific position that he holds. Rama’s reaction is more undesired than the situation itself. Several questions arise: On behalf of whom does Edi Rama apologize to Kosovo? Why is he unethical when he addresses Edita Tahiri, who supported Meta’s decision? Is it fair that just because Baton Haxhiu has received Albanian citizenship, he’s entitled to comment on everything that happens in Albania, including major topics such as the one that we’re dealing with today? Is he entitled to address the president as he does with an old pal of his?
  3. As far as the Prime Minister’s resignation is concerned, I don’t think this would be the case. The truth is that he feels confused now. I don’t think that the fact that Gent Cakaj’s nomination was not accepted should push him to step down. Imagine what he had to do when the EU did not open accession talks for Albania and decided to postpone it for another year?

 

EDUARD ZALOSHNJA

1.The issue of the security clearance is more of a pretext in this case, because there are ulterior reasons why the president did not sign the decree. It’s the person who appointed Cakaj vice minister of Foreign Affairs and allowed him to remain in office without a security clearance, the one should be held accountable for this.

 

2.Rama’s reaction is amateur like. He regards Meta’s decision to be anti-constitutional, without providing any arguments for this. He considers the decision taken by the President of Republic as disgraceful, while he holds the position of Prime Minister. This used to happen in the ‘60s in African countries.

3.We know from other examples in world politics that such developments have obliged heads of governments to resign. Do you think that Edi Rama too should do this following the president’s rejection?

In fact, cases such as this one rarely happen. A few months ago, the Italian president did not decree the nomination of the Minister of Economy, despite the fact that he met all constitutional requirements. The Italian president argued his decision with the country’s financial stability. Therefore, the Prime Minister decided to nominate someone else in this post.

 

FRROK ÇUPI

1.Meta’s decision is very personal, inspired by personal grudges and amateur like. He has penalized an individual (Cakaj) about his opinions expressed in the form of ideas and not in the form of state acts. A minister and a president also have personal opinions, however, they must comply with the state rules. Is it not true that Meta has given Rama all sorts of names in the past, and yet he was elected president by him? Meta showed that that we’re not living in a democratic system and that Enver Hoxha is still a president.

2.I found Rama’s reaction to be a little nervous, but his vocabulary hadn’t changed. I think that his answer was accurate and profound.

3.I think that there’s no country in the world where the Prime Minister resigns just because the President did not accept the nomination of a minister. There’s no other examples in the civilized world where the President of a parliamentary republic assumes executive powers, as it’s the case here. The republic is being deformed.

 

 

 

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