Socialist Movement for Integration

Outgoing Albanian Parliament to Vote on President’s Dismissal

The Socialists vowed to bring down Meta the moment they secured victory in a parliamentary election on April 25, without even waiting for the new MPs to take their seats in September.

They accuse Meta, a former Socialist prime minister who quit the party 17 years ago, of inciting violence and fomenting political instability with his statements before and during the election.

Politicians Turn Influencers in Albanian ‘Online Election’

"Politicians have turned into influencers and they compete for attention with prominent actors or famous bloggers," said Blendi Salaj, a media analyst and morning host at local CNN-affiliate A2 TV. "They post constantly to attract attention, to generate engagement, but not necessarily to communicate their political message."

Albanian Parliament Sets up Commission to Consider Ousting President

Albania's parliament on Friday voted to set up a commission to examine the possible ousting of the country's President, Ilir Meta.

It came after of ruling Socialist deputies requested his dismissal, accusing him of interfering in the April 25 legislative elections in violation of the constitution.

Politician’s Killing Stains Albania’s Turbulent Election Campaign

Police inspect the scene where a politician was murdered and four citizens were injured in Elbasan, Albania, March 21, 2021. Photo: LSA

Xhuvani is a former state official who had campaigned for several parties, including the Socialist Movement for Integration, LSI, and the Justice and Integration and Unity Party, while being a Socialist Party activist currently.

Albania Opposition Claims New Justice Inspector is ‘PM’s Servant’

Artur Metani, Albania's High Inspector of Justice, at parliament on January 20. Photo: Malton Dibra/LSA

Metani, 46, has had a career in state administration, including stints working for the cabinet of Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama.

He has also previously served as adviser to two presidents and is the brother of Socialist MP Eglantina Gjermeni.

Albania Parties Agree to End Electoral Reform Dispute

Representatives of the opposition Petrit Vasili (left) and Oerd Bylykbashi announcing the agreement on Tuesday. Photo: Gent Shkullaku/LSA.

The move has been applauded by the country's US and European partners, and offers a potential boost to the country's chances to open membership negotiations with European Union.

Albanian President Claims Country Avoided ‘Soros Destabilisation Plot’

Albania President Ilir Meta at a press conference in Tirana on Tuesday. Photo: Gent Shkullaku/LSA

The Albanian president accused billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros of being responsible for what he called "a conspiracy aimed at totally capturing the state".