Albania: Smoke and fire in the Parliament

Albania: Smoke and fire in the Parliament
Albania: Smoke and fire in the Parliament

A scene that resembled a stadium and not a Parliament took place on Monday in Tirana, during a vote in the Parliament of the government budget for 2024.

Instead of verbal confrontations, the deputies of the Albanian Democratic Party chose to light smoke bombs, even causing a small fire that was quickly extinguished, in order to prevent the vote and approval in favor of the ruling party.

The “attackers” piled chairs in the center of the main hall and thick smoke from colored smoke bombs filled the air as security guards lined up, just in case, in front of Prime Minister Edi Rama’s seat.

During this strange protest, a member of parliament appeared to light a small fire, which went into a bucket, before being extinguished by other bystanders.

The de facto leader of the opposition party and former prime minister, Sali Berisha, accused the government of trying to silence the opposition in Parliament, where Rama’s Socialist Party holds a majority.

“The battle is not over,” Berisha told reporters after the uproar in Parliament, whose plenary session approved the budget in less than five minutes. It probably has a second half too…

The article is in Greek

Tags: Albania Smoke fire Parliament


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