From: Alice Taylor
Constitutional Court Deliberates on Presidential Impeachment, Decision Within 30 Days

Albania’s Constitutional Court has closed the hearing on the impeachment of President Ilir Meta following accusations from the Socialist Party majority that he committed serious violations of the constitution.

In a historical first, the Albanian Parliament dismissed President Ilir Meta last June for “serious violations” of the Constitution during the April electoral campaign. 105 MPs in the 140-seat parliament voted for Meta’s dismissal, 7 MPs voted against, and 3 abstained.

During the April electoral campaign, Meta accused the government of being involved in preparations to rig the elections, of colluding with criminal gangs to buy votes, and called on people to defend their vote.

The decision was forwarded to the Constitutional Court for its review. For the dismissal to be finalized, 5 of the 7 members of the Constitutional Court should support Meta’s dismissal, including at least 1 judge proposed by him.

After hearing the arguments of the Socialist Party, totalling over 70 accusations, and the answers and claims from Meta, the court now has 30 days to file a decision. Meta’s term as president is due to end in July this year, meaning that if he is impeached, it would be a loss of only a couple of months in office.