While the country remained on lockdown, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama took a trip to Paris this weekend on an Air Albania flight.
Director of Communications Endri Fuga admitted that Rama had visited the French capital after the Democratic Party accused him. He said that Air Albania has a special agreement with the airline relating to the cost of the trip.
The Opposition claimed that such a charter flight could have cost as much as EUR 100,000.
It is not clear why Rama visited Paris or how he paid for the flight. There is no information on the Prime Ministerial website, nor social media about official business in France.
While most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted as of this morning, the borders were closed during Rama’s trip. Furthermore, the necessity to self-quarantine upon arrival back in Albania was still technically in force until midnight last night.
Update: On Monday, Rama tweeted that he had been in Paris for one day on an “informal high level visit”, and that those who claim he has made luxury expenditures are lying.