Until When Will the Technical Ministers Stay in Function?

Until When Will the Technical Ministers Stay in Function?

The technical ministers and the deputy prime minister, nominated several weeks ago as part of the McAllister+ agreement between Prime Minister Edi Rama and Lulzim Basha, will remain in function until the OSCE-ODIHR has published its final report on the parliamentary elections. According to media outlet Panorama, PD sources have declared that the ministers will […]

Rama Calls upon Police to Gather Votes

Rama Calls upon Police to Gather Votes

During a campaign meeting in Kuçova on Friday, Prime Minister Edi Rama called upon the State Police to gather votes for the Socialist Party: I call upon all the employees of the State Police, at the moment they take their uniform off, after work, to dedicate themselves to take as many votes as possible for […]

The Role of the Ombudsman in Our Democracy

The Role of the Ombudsman in Our Democracy

The attention of the public opinion in Albania has once again turned to the Ombudsman. In the course of recent political upheavals in Albania the People’s Advocate became part of a political agreement between the Opposition and Government in the McAllister+ deal. To many eminent jurists this was disturbing news, as the deal made a […]

Gov’t Blocks Monitoring of Campaign Expenses

Gov’t Blocks Monitoring of Campaign Expenses

The process to monitor election campaign spending of political parties has remained blocked because the government has so far failed to approve the necessary funding for the Central Election Commission (KQZ). Based on the McAllister+ agreement from June 18, later approved by Parliament, the KQZ is charged with closely follow all party expenses during the […]

PS Violates Neutrality of the Police with Campaign Ad

PS Violates Neutrality of the Police with Campaign Ad

The Socialist Party of Prime Minister Edi Rama has released a campaign ad which clearly uses a police vehicle, in spite of a decision by the Council of Ministers explicitly prohibiting the usage of public resources, including police equipment, for political campaigning. The video clip features Prime Minister Rama driving a police car and stopping a […]

The Electoral Code Is Dead

The Electoral Code Is Dead

If it wasn’t already before, it is now. The Electoral Code is dead. Although the McAllister+ agreement has been touted as a triumph for democracy by internationals of all colors, it has in fact caused severe damage to the rule of law in Albania. The agreement has shown that political power trumps the law. It […]

KQZ Gives PD 24 Hours Extra Time to Complete Candidate Lists

KQZ Gives PD 24 Hours Extra Time to Complete Candidate Lists

The Central Election Commission (KQZ) decided yesterday to give the Democratic Party (PD) 24 hours extra to complete the documentation of their candidate lists. Several media reported over the weekend that the candidate lists provided by the on Friday night were incomplete, lacking CVs, decriminalization forms, and basic data of the candidates. Also, the PD […]

Small Opposition Parties on PD Candidate Lists, Whose Place Is Secure? – Exit Explains

Small Opposition Parties on PD Candidate Lists, Whose Place Is Secure? – Exit Explains

A direct result of the McAllister+ agreement between Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha is that there will be no pre-electoral coalitions for the upcoming general elections. The absence of coalitions puts smaller parties, especially those who currently have no representation in Parliament, at a severe disadvantage, as the Electoral Code is unfavorable to […]

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