Albania President: Ready to resign to solve political crisis

TIRANA, Albania (AP) – The Albanian President said yesterday he would be ready to resign from his post – or even to kill himself – if it would help resolve his country’s political crisis.

Ilir Meta said that after failing to mediate a solution he was ready to resign if he were “assured the country has a political, constitutional and solid solution.”

Though Meta was elected two years ago with the votes of the ruling leftist Socialist Party, he has not been at peace with the government since.

The centre-right Democratic Party-led opposition has resigned from its parliamentary mandates and has been holding protests accusing the leftist Socialist Party government of Prime Minister Edi Rama of being corrupt and linked to organized crime, and asking for an early election.

Speaking to reporters in the eastern city of Pogradec, Meta also compared himself to Chilean President Salvador Allende, who killed himself in 1973 as troops surrounded his palace following a military coup.

Protesters waving an Albanian flag shout slogans near the government building during a protest in Tirana, Albania last Saturday. – AP