„economist“: Edi’s turn – “Communist remains were removed”

“Communist remains were removed”
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Albania’s election
Edi’s turn
edi rama economist
An old political rival becomes the new prime minister
Jun 29th 2013 | TIRANA |From the print edition

THE next prime minister of Albania will be Edi Rama, leader of the Socialist Party. With almost all the votes counted after voting took place on June 23rd, his coalition looks likely to take 84 out of 140 seats in parliament—a landslide. The result ends eight years of rule by Sali Berisha’s centre-right Democratic Party, but Mr Berisha has been around much longer than that. No Albanian under 30 can remember a time when he was not a dominant political presence.

Mr Rama is a former mayor of the capital, Tirana. In the 2009 election he accused the Democrats of cheating him of victory. In 2011 he claimed to have won a new term as mayor, but the Democrats snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by adding in votes cast in the wrong boxes. A protest in January of the same year led to four Socialist supporters being shot dead by security forces firing from the prime minister’s office. Mr Berisha accused Mr Rama of trying to oust him by force.


For Mr Rama the task ahead is “enormous” because, he says, the system he is inheriting is so rotten. It is packed with placemen of Mr Berisha who, according to Piro Misha, a local analyst, had “total control” of the public administration and judiciary. The pursuit of party interests by using the clout of the state had, says Mr Misha, “gone to an extreme this time”.




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