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Albania's political crisis, Rama asks EPP intervention

To revive interrupted dialogue with the opposition

15 April, 15:34
(ANSA) - TIRANA - The center-left Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama decided on Saturday to seek the assistance of the European People's Party (EPP) to look for a solution to the ongoing political crisis. By eight weeks the center-right opposition led by Lulzim Basha protests in front of the Parliament to ask "a caretaker government to ensure an electoral process free" on June 18.

"We officially will turn to the EPP, the center right European family which is also part of the Basha's Democratic Party, to as soon as possible support dialogue between the parts, in order to overcome the impasse, and allow the country to continue towards free and democratic elections", said the speaker of parliament Iir Meta, at the end of a meeting with Rama.

Basha insists on the resignation of Prime Minister. In reply to the decision of Rama and Meta to contact the EPP, Basha reiterated that "the dialogue has only one goal, a caretaker government and the mandate to this government to lead to free elections. There can be no other solution". The opposition has not registered on the electoral roll and is boycotting parliamentary work by blocking the implementation of judicial reform, which is essential for negotiations to start EU membership. (ANSA).

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