Meta, an Attempt to 'Get out of Monika's Bed'
By Andi Bushati
Albanian Daily News
Published March 20, 2019
There is a tendency to superficially view Ilir Meta's tough attitude of today. His statements have been commented as an attempt to deepen the crisis, being made by the man who until recently used to wear the costume of the SMI leader, the party whom his wife 'inherited' from.
In that sense, the self-sacrifice phrases mentioning Salvador Allende, the Chilean president who was brought down from power by a shameful co-operation of the more fascist segments of the CIA with the millionaire tycoons surrounding Kissinger, or those for 'the burning' of his presidential mandate, were interpreted as a one more Molotov bomb in the flames that the opposition is seeking to put the system on.
In fact, that's not exactly right.
If you read the presidential message carefully, there you can find a tiny detail that can be used to reopen the dialogue. By stating that only 82 MPs of this parliament are legitimate, and implying that the seats that were filled in by the lists are anti-constitutional, Meta has cast the first hypothesis to a possible compromise.
What he means between the lines is that the crisis can be avoided if there is a political consensus, which then, through a legal interpretation, would restore the former DP and SMI deputies to the parliament.
Thus, although Basha and Kryemadhi have sworn that they have burned the mandates, although Rama and Gramoz Ruci have found their peace with this fact - while luring in every form the introduction of new deputies - although foreign diplomats and bureaucrats have hailed the newly introduced MPs as legitimate - the President has hinted at the option that the whole game so far is illegal and should be reversed.
Of course, the above lines could just be a personal or political legal interpretation that could be backed up or dismissed by the constitutionalists, but in essence, this is of little importance.
What is to be noted is that, unlike the recent interpretations, the Head of State is not behaving like "Monika's Ilir" who is bracing for "war," but as Meta the President who seeks a solution. He is not trying to throw fuel into the fire, but is proposing a way to extinguish it.
Whether his proposal is well-timed or not, this is a totally different discussion.
Opposition leaders continue to claim that there is no turning back, either to this Parliament or to an election process with Rama. Many journalists (including the author of these lines), or public voices, insist that the more radicalization is achieved, the happier will be the end, but Ilir Meta probably thinks otherwise.
Apparently he foresees a compromise and has not abandoned hope that the legitimate opposition could return to parliament; either by legally considering the "burned mandates" null and void (the simplest way) or by considering as such the parliament with 82 MPs (the most complicated one), which would provoke new elections.
His message from Pogradec, therefore, requires careful reading as an initiative that - no matter if it will be heard or not - should be seen as an attempt for peace. A peace in whose name Meta has even offered his own mandate, in order to avoid any Pinochet-like scenarios.