Parliament holds six-hour debate on price increase

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Parliament spent six hours debating pricing rises. Although divided, the opposition was united in its condemnation of the Rama government for mismanaging the crisis, while most emphasized the importance of public understanding the situation, referring to a depressing moment.

The socialist majority responded to the request of the two groups inside the DP by accepting the formulation of a motion with discussion, as well as an interpellation with the same purpose, price increases.

Jorida Tabaku initiated the parliamentary debate by accusing the executive of corruption and warning of taking the case to the Special Prosecutor Against Corruption. These statements did not frighten the majority, who perceived Tabakut’s words as consuming the day’s politics.

According to Tabaku, a case filed by the PD group on this topic is currently pending at SPAK, specifically because the government has and continues to mess with the income of Albanians on a daily basis, as she explained.

“You can bring any file to SPAK,” Belinda Balluku responded, “since, from what I have observed, the only thing you have done since the current division between you has been to produce files for SPAK, which is, of course, to divert public attention away from family quarrels.”

When Sali Berisha stepped up to the stage, the tone in the room changed. The former Prime Minister spoke in statistics about electrical mismanagement, while the Socialists demanded sacrifices from citizens.

“Whole terraces were exported.  Who knows what the cost is? How much money did he make? For forty euros! How much money was traded on the stock exchange? 130 EUR! This spring will be a spring of huge changes,” Berisha predicted.

Gjiknuri responded, “The dire period necessitates harsh measures, and the Albanian citizens understand us in this aspect.”

In this opposition-majority dispute, former PM Erion Brace sided with the opposition. “

It’s also a crisis caused by the mistreatment on the inside. It is also an issue caused by seizing and closing national marketplaces.  People have a right to know how they arrived at this new oil, fuel, and gas pricing.”

The DP’s proposal was accompanied with a draft resolution, which the Socialists rejected. 

“It may be a unique scenario in the world,” Balla responded, “that the package offered by the opposition has already been undertaken by the government.”

Following the motion, it was time for the interpellation, in which the opposition accused the majority of mismanaging the price increase problem, despite the government’s stance.