Albania’s parliament dismissed the country’s president, Ilir Mete, and impeached him for violating the constitution.
The impeachment proposal was supported by the majority: 104 deputies were in favor, 7 were against, and 3 abstained. Now, within three months, the legality of the parliament’s decision will be considered by the Constitutional Court of Albania, the Associated Press reports. This is the first time in the history of the country when a president is removed from office by a parliamentary decision.
The reason for the impeachment was the results of the investigation into the fact of violation of the constitution by the president with a “biased approach” to the ruling Socialist Party during the parliamentary election campaign in April 2021. At the end of the same month, the Socialist MPs demanded an investigation into Ilir Mete. They accused him of provoking violence and instability in the country, and of rapprochement with the opposition. The President of Albania himself called the impeachment illegal, criticizing the investigation.
The issue of impeachment of the president is also awaiting a vote in the Czech Republic. Milos Zeman is accused of supporting Russia in the scandal that erupted around the explosions in warehouses in Vrbetica in 2014. The Senate vote, which is dominated by Zeman’s opponents, will take place next week.