Albanian opposition signals the boycott of upcoming elections

Nineteen days after starting an 7/24 protest in front of the Prime Ministry, Albanian opposition parties signaled Wednesday that they would boycott upcoming elections if Rama government would not resign in favor of a caretaker government.

In a meeting held Wednesday, leaders of opposition parties, including Democratic Party’s Lulzim Basha, agreed to not register their parties at the Central Election Commission  for the general elections scheduled to be held on June 18, if opposition ‘s condition for a caretaker government is not fulfilled.

Opposition says that the caretaker government would be the only guarantor for free and fair elections in the country.

“Opposition coalition expresses determination to prevent any electoral process manipulated by the crime in power and drug’s money,” a statement issued by opposition parties, said.

The decision comes hours after the opposition leader, Lulzim Basha, met with U.S. Ambassador in Tirana, Donald Lu.

Opposition supporters continue to occupy the square in front of the Prime Ministry building since Feb. 18.

The opposition has also boycotted the parliament, and has vowed to remain out of the Assembly until Rama’s resignation.

Rama on the other side, has ruled out any option to resign, saying the governments come to power through election and leave the power if they lose elections. /


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