Albanian Opposition Protests Budget In Parliament
Albania’s opposition Democratic Party members set off smoke bombs and lit a small fire, quickly extinguished, in the middle of parliament in a failed bit to stop the chamber from voting on the 2024 budget.
The de-facto leader of the party, Sali Berisha, a former prime minister, has accused the government of trying to silence the opposition in parliament where Rama’s Socialist Party has a majority.
“Our goal is to bring pluralism to parliament,” he said.
Meanwhile, last month, prosecutors charged Berisha and his son-in-law with corruption over a land deal involving the grounds of a sports club.
They accused him of using his influence as premier from 2005 to 2009 to exert pressure “for the conclusion of the privatisation procedures in favour of others including his daughter’s husband.”
Report says Berisha accuses Rama of orchestrating the prosecution against him. Rama denies the accusation.