Albania’s Constitutional Court has announced it will review the first ever dismissal of a president, on 18 January 2022. If five of the seven members of the court approve the decision, President Ilir Meta will leave office six months prior to the end of his five-year term.
In the absence of any opposition parties following their resignation of mandates in protest over corruption in 2019, the Albanian Parliament voted to dismiss Meta in June 2021. They claimed he committed “serious violations” during the campaign for the 2021 general election.
This is the first time in Albanian history that a president has been dismissed by parliament. Meta had accused the government of rigging the elections and colluding with criminal gangs to buy votes. He called on citizens to defend their votes.
The Socialist majority launched procedures to dismiss him immediately after winning a third term in the 25 April elections, following the promise made a few days before by Prime Minister Edi Rama and after the president clashed with the US ambassador on live television.
They hastened to finalise the dismissal before the summer vacations and before the end of the previous parliamentary season to avoid a possible vote against from the new opposition that was going to enter the parliament in September.