Massive opposition protest is taking place in the Albanian capital of Tirana, as President Ilir Meta decided to cancel the municipal elections that were set for June 30th.
Police is using tear-gas again to disperse the protesters who are gathered outside the Parliament. Opposition leader Lulzim Basha is at the helm of the protests and protesters are using fireworks as they march and are calling on the Government to resign.
Prime Minister Edi Rama insists that the elections will still be held, despite the order issued by President Meta, who insists that conditions are not in place. This is a key opposition request – to adopt a series of measures meant to guarantee free and fair elections, including adding opposition members to the Government, similarly to the Przino treaty in Macedonia.
The protests come as Rama is facing a scandal after the German Bild newspaper published a report connecting his Socialist Party to vote buying with drug money.