Albania’s “anti-government” leader has accused the government’s ruling party of “stealing” his country’s destiny, and accused it of taking advantage of a political crisis to “muddy the waters” of his country and undermine the country’s reputation.
Albania’s main opposition party, the Alliance for Democracy and Justice (ADJ), said on Friday it was ready to fight against President Gjorge Ivanovik in parliament, calling the ruling coalition “a gang of thieves.”
The party called on the ruling party to “take a position against the criminal government and stop all its policies, including the one that will cause the deaths of thousands of Albanians.”
The ADJ called for “a comprehensive response from the government and from the president,” in the countrys capital, Tirana, where a gathering of opposition politicians is scheduled to start.
The party’s spokesman, Gheorghe Mihailovic, said the government would not back down from its efforts to “defeat” the opposition.
“We will not back off from the fight for the independence of Albania, for democracy and for the people,” he said.
Algeria’s ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) also denounced the government, calling it a “gang of thieves” that is trying to “destroy the independence” of Albania and “take away its sovereignty.”
Algerian media reported that Ivanovík had threatened to resign from the countrya few days after he was sworn in on January 1.
The government has said the new prime minister would be elected to the parliament from the opposition bloc in a special election, but the ruling Alliance for Democratic Action (ADY) has refused to accept that offer.
The ADY said the ruling government would take “necessary measures” to ensure “the rights of the Albanians are protected.”
It is also reported that the government has offered Ivanovich a chance to resign in exchange for “stopping all his policies,” which the opposition leader said were in violation of the constitution.
The opposition coalition’s decision to launch an election was the latest twist in a months-long political crisis in Albania, where the government accuses the opposition of destabilizing the country.
The country’s economy has been in freefall since November, when a failed attempt by the government to hold a snap election that would have included a popular vote was blocked by the opposition and other political forces.
More than 2 million people have been displaced by the conflict, according to the UN.
The Albanian government says the conflict has killed more than 3,000 people.