Tirana, 23 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
European Parliament officials fear that the so called “Topi” phenomenon in the Albanian parliament may be repeated, as the majority, which doesn’t have the necessary votes, may attempt to purchase the necessary numbers like Berisha’s right wing did in 2007, when six socialist MPs were bought in order to secure a presidential mandate for Bamir Topi as President of Republic.
Based on the possibility of trafficking votes, the European Parliament has launched an appeal in the recent hours, stressing that “no purchase of votes and no imposition of one side to the other is the right path, but the process must have the support of all political forces”.
MEPs Kukan and Fleckenstein, who are at the same time rapporteurs on Albania in the European Parliament, declared that the trafficking of votes in Parliament is unacceptable for Europe.
Both Kukan and Fleckenstein are completely against the voting of the reform in justice by trafficking votes in parliament.
In a media statement, Kukan and Fleckenstein said that the purchase of votes is unacceptable and stressed that the reform in justice must be passed through consensus and not through imposition.
“The approval of the reform in justice without the opposition is not an issue being raised. The issue is if they have the majority for what is being demanded here and in my knowledge, 2/3 of the votes are needed to amend the Constitution. If they have these votes, then everything is alright, but without buying them, because if votes are bought, then this is unacceptable for everyone”, said Knut Fleckenstein.
“The purchase of votes is not a European practice and we refuse it in every democratic society. Every similar effort to solve the issue of such an important project, such as the reform in justice, through the purchase of votes, is unimaginable in the European Parliament”, said Eduard Kukan.
“This is why all political leaders must talk and find ways to come up with an agreement. No purchase of votes and no imposition of one side to the other is the right path, but the process must have the support of all political forces, because only then there can be sustainable development in a country”, Mr. Kukan insisted.
Reform in the justice system has entered a vicious circle, as the opposition accuses the government of trying to take justice institutions under control. It demands the implementation of the Venice Commission recommendation. Majority also seems determined to continue its agenda. /balkaneu.com/