Albania opposition blocks roads in call for PM to quit
April 24 2017 09:08 PM
Supporters of the Albanian opposition stand in the middle of a main artery of the capital Tirana, blocking traffic for one hour, during their protest yesterday.


Albania’s political opposition blocked the country’s main roads for more than an hour yesterday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama, three months before a general election.
The right-wing opposition has been calling for the departure of the Socialist Party premier for more than 18 months in order to make way for a technical transitional government in the run-up to the June 19 vote.
Opposition parties, which are also boycotting parliament, have refused to take part in the election unless this transitional government is set up to ensure a free and fair election.
They also accuse Rama of allowing the expansion of cannabis cultivation in Albania to raise money to manipulate voting.
Protesters blocked the entrances to highways as they waved Albanian flags and placards reading “Rama go!” and “We want a transitional government”.
No incidents were reported during the protest, but police have warned organisers that they will be prosecuted if they “breach public order”.
Lulzim Basha, leader of the opposition Democratic Party, told supporters that they would continue their protest movement “until the resignation of the prime minister and the establishment of a transitional government”.
Rama rejects the accusations against him and has refused to resign or postpone the election.
“The time has come to build a modern democratic European state and not block roads and institutions,” he said.
He accuses the opposition of trying to hinder the implementation of judicial reform, a crucial step towards European Union accession.

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