The Next Steps in Judicial Reform – Exit Explains

The Next Steps in Judicial Reform – Exit Explains

Yesterday evening, Parliament approved the opposition members of the three parliamentary ad-hoc committees that will select the members of the three vetting institutions, the Independent Qualification Commission (KPK), the Appeals College (KA), and the Public Commissioners. The committee members from the majority had been approved a month ago. The first ad-hoc committee, consisting of 3 majority […]

Parliament Passes McAllister+ Deal

Parliament Passes McAllister+ Deal

Yesterday evening, Parliament voted on a series of changes in the government and legal amendments that were part of the McAllister+ deal between Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha. All six technical ministers and the technical deputy prime minister were approved with more than 100 votes; Amendments to the Law for Audiovisual Media […]

Rama & Meta as Knights of Justice and Anti-Corruption

Rama & Meta as Knights of Justice and Anti-Corruption

With the boycott of the elections by the opposition, it is basically a given that the PS will secure at least two-thirds of the seats in the next parliament – 84 deputies – a majority that is enough to pass any type of law, and possibly even more than 93 seats, which will open up […]

Ombudsman Announces New Lawyer Candidates for KLP

Ombudsman Announces New Lawyer Candidates for KLP

The National Ombudsman has announced today that three additional candidates from the ranks of the Albanian lawyers have submitted a valid application for 2 of the positions reserved for them in the High Prosecutorial Council (KLP). A month ago, only 5 lawyers fulfilled with formal requirements, after which the Ombudsman requested reopening the application period. […]

Critics Say Albanian Parliament Is Trying to Amnesty Crooked Politicians, Under Pretext of Judicial Reform

Critics Say Albanian Parliament Is Trying to Amnesty Crooked Politicians, Under Pretext of Judicial Reform

Opponents of amendments to Albania’s criminal procedural code appear to have won a major victory this week, following President Bujar Nishani’s decision not to endorse the reforms, after two protests in the nation’s capital. Lawmakers who support the legislation say it’s a precondition for Albania joining the European Union, but activists and many lawyers say the proposed changes […]

Parliament Chooses Majority Members of Vetting Committees

Parliament Chooses Majority Members of Vetting Committees

Yesterday Parliament has elected the majority members of the second and third parliamentary ad-hoc committees, which will make the final selection for the members of the three vetting institutions, the Independent Qualification Commission (KPK), the Appeals Collega (KA), and the two Public Commissioners. The second parliamentary ad-hoc committee, which will elect the KPK and Public Commissioner, […]

Basha on Vetting Blockade: Lies and Propaganda by Rama

Basha on Vetting Blockade: Lies and Propaganda by Rama

After meeting with the foreign ministers of the Netherlands and Germany yesterday, opposition leader Lulzim Basha reiterated his stance that there will be no elections without a caretaker government. Regarding the accusations of the government and German Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel about the opposition’s blockade of the judicial reform, Basha declared: The six […]

President Nishani: I Will Not Decree Art. 449

President Nishani: I Will Not Decree Art. 449

During an interview with Dritan Hila of Ora News, President Bujar Nishani confirmed that he will not decree the amendment t0 art. 449 of the Criminal Procedural Code, which was recently approved by Parliament. The amendment led to protests from civil society, calling upon the President to withhold his approval of the law, which was […]

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