Top Albanian court to rule on president Meta’s impeachment

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Albania’s Constitutional Court said on Friday it would examine the legality of parliament’s decision to impeach the country’s president for alleged constitutional violations.

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If the court upholds the decision, President Ilir Meta will be removed from office a year earlier.

The court said it would hold a public plenary session on the matter, but did not set a date.


The presidency of Albania is largely ceremonial, but retains some authority over the judiciary and the armed forces. The role is generally understood to be apolitical, but Meta has regularly clashed with Prime Minister Eddie Ram’s socialist government.

In June, parliament voted 104-7 to impeach on Meta, when an investigative committee began the impeachment process – a first for an Albanian president – following a request to control socialist lawmakers.

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The parliamentary inquiry released a 98-page report that concluded META had violated 16 articles of the constitution before Albania’s April 25 general election and should be removed from office a year before July 2022, when His term will end normally.

META claimed that the outgoing parliament was in a transition period after the election and was therefore ineligible to investigate.

Meta, a former socialist prime minister who left the party several years ago, has been accused by the Socialists of not guaranteeing national unity, of inciting instability and violence, and of publicly siding with the political opposition ahead of the April election. Was.

The Socialists won a third consecutive four-year term with 74 of the 140 seats in parliament.

Since taking office in 2017 with the support of the Socialists, META has opposed his agenda, often blocking the nomination of ministers and vetoing legislation.

The President has accused Prime Minister Ram of running “elite rule” and concentrating all legislative, administrative and judiciary powers in his hands.

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