WORLD Albanian president meets small party leaders in attempt to solve political crisis

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Albanian president meets small party leaders in attempt to solve political crisis

Xinhua

07:11, May 01, 2019

Albanian President Ilir Meta CGTN.jpg

Albanian President Ilir Meta (Photo: CGTN)

TIRANA, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Albanian President Ilir Meta held a meeting here Tuesday with the leaders of four small political parties of the center-right to discuss and try to find a solution about the political situation of the country.

The leader of the Republican Party, Fatmir Mediu, the Environmentalist Agrarian Party, Agron Duka, the Party for Justice, Integration and Unity, Vangjel Dule and the Christian Democratic Party, Nard Ndoka joined the meeting with Meta.

The press office of the President said during the meeting, Meta expressed his deep concern for the serious constitutional, institutional, and representational crisis in the country.

Meta underlined that he has made every effort to promote the implementation of the justice reform within the terms and constitutional principles that would guarantee the balance of the system in a functional state of law.

Moreover, Meta expressed his concern that the refusal of all opposition parties of the last parliamentary legislature to participate in the coming local elections risks not only the standards of the elections but also the country's political pluralism.

Meta also urged for dialogue among all parties and declared that "it is never too late for reflection."

In a press statement following the meeting, Mediu thanked the president and expressed optimistic that there will be discussions with other parties on the resolution of the political crisis.

"We need to prevent the country from going into a conflict," Mediu said.

The leaders of the small political parties are trying to get the head of the ruling Socialist Party and Prime Minister Edi Rama and the leader of the main opposition Democratic Party Lulzim Basha to sit down in an attempt to find a solution to the political crisis. However, Basha has said that he is not willing to engage in dialogue with Rama.

Since mid-February, Albania has been going through a political crisis, with the opposition parties holding several anti-government protests -- some turned violent, asking Rama and his cabinet to step down for early elections.

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