Members of Parliament from Albania’s Democratic Occasion set off smoke bombs Monday in the midst of the nation’s parliamentary chamber in protest of what they said was an unconstitutional vote on the nation’s 2024 finances, the newest of a collection of disruptions.
Discord between the opposition and the ruling occasion has been ongoing, with protesters in February calling for the resignation of Socialist Occasion Prime Minister Edi Rama, alleging corruption. The tensions escalated in October when former Prime Minister and Democratic Occasion chief Sali Berisha was charged with corruption and cash laundering offenses. Berisha claimed that the fees have been “purely and fully political.” Since then, the protests have gathered tempo, with bodily clashes occurring within the parliamentary chamber and MPs being informed to work online.
On this newest protest, the MPs have been seen piling chairs within the heart of the chamber and deploying a collection of pink, inexperienced and purple smoke bombs as Rama took his seat to vote on the finances. The chamber was stuffed with smoke and a small fireplace broke out within the fourth row of seats, which was rapidly doused. The vote went by rapidly, and Rama later said on X that the protesters had “launched the vocabulary and manners of the road into politics” and that they have been “sowing strife, chaos, violence and reaping loss.”
In a statement to reporters, Berisha mentioned that his occasion needed to deliver pluralism to parliament and that they might proceed protests till an investigative fee to probe corruption allegations towards Rama is established.