Basha Calls for Charges against Politicians Colluding with Criminals in Buying Votes

The head of the Democratic Party (PD) Lulzim Basha demanded the prosecution to arrest politicians involved in vote buying.

In a press conference, Basha said that the Mayor of Durrës Vangjush Dako, former minister Damian Gjiknuri, and head of the socialist parliamentary group Taulant Balla should be prosecuted and sentenced.

Damian Gjiknuri was caught colluding with organized crime [member] Ymer Lala in Dibër in stealing votes in 2016. He must go to jail.

Those who stole votes [in collusion with criminal gangs of] Habilajs and Shullazis must go to jail. Taulant Balla, who stole the votes in collusion with the Çelaj and Sanxhaktari [gangs] must go to jail, otherwise there can be no free and fair elections.

It’s the justice [system] that should take [them] to jail, but we need a government that does not obstruct the judiciary in doing its duty.”

The latest investigation published by the Voice of America revealed that Mayor of Durrës Vangjush Dako had colluded with the Avdylajs criminal gang in buying votes during the 2017 general elections.

Vangjush Dako is still free and exercising his duty as mayor.

Yesterday all 65 opposition MPs decided to resign from their mandates. The opposition demanded a transitional government that would prepare free and fair early elections.