Venice Commission to give opinion on Albanian president's powers

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-11 22:17:49|Editor: xuxin
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TIRANA, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Venice Commission will give an opinion on the powers of Albanian President Ilir Meta to set the dates of elections in a parliamentary system on Oct. 11, the leader of the Venice Commission delegation visiting the capital Tirana, Kaarlo Tuori, told reporters on Wednesday.

Tuori spoke after his delegation held an hour-long closed-door meeting with the members of the parliamentary commission that is investigating the possible dismissal of President Meta.

"We have gathered a lot of information. We have a clear idea whether or not the president has violated the Constitution. All meetings have been productive, as we received a lot of information to create an opinion that will come out on Oct. 11," Tuori said.

Meanwhile, the head of the Parliamentary Investigative Commission, Socialist Party lawmaker Ulsi Manja, said that the discussion with the experts focused on the objectivity of the Investigative Commission in handling the case on the dismissal of the president.

"With the experts of the Venice Commission, we shared views on how to legally handle this case on the basis of the highest professional and constitutional principles, standards and with the utmost objectivity, in order to establish a parliamentary legal tradition for Albania," Manja said.

In a month's time, the Venice Commission will give its opinion on whether Meta violated the Constitution of Albania by issuing a decree to cancel the scheduled June 30 local elections.

During its two-day visit to Tirana, the Venice Commission delegation held meetings with the country's top officials, including the president himself, and also with leaders of the majority and opposition parties.

During these meetings, they noted the positions of all sides regarding the request by 55 ruling Socialist majority lawmakers to dismiss the president for alleged serious violation of the Constitution.

It is the first time that the Albanian Parliament has taken such an initiative. The Parliamentary Investigative Commission has until Oct. 9 to finish its work.

The Venice Commission is the Council of Europe's advisory body of independent experts in constitutional law.