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Written by Bardhyl BEJKO 13 Maj 2021
Some time ago, somewhere from the start of the election campaign to the big confrontation on April 25, everyone laughed at Prime Minister Edi Rama when he showed on the table the shoe soles, eaten from the long journey through Albania. It reminded me of episodes of an old movie, "A pair of shoes for many miles." In reality, the prime minister's shoes had been consumed by thousands of miles across construction sites from south to north. Through the passage to "Rruga e Arbërit" between the tunnels and over the "Vishë Bridge", the highest in the Balkans. From the walks through the construction sites of the flats, flattened, Thumanë, Lezhë, Laç, Mamurras, Kodër Kamëz, Shijak, Baldushk, Tirana… The walks in the by-pass of Fier that had gangrene left that no one could cure. Further through the pass of Tepelena, where the pilots rose one hundred meters from the depths of the Drino, below the city castle. Not a few were ridiculed with those half prime minister shoes even though it was more symbolic, but that there was a great truth without mentioning here the trips to the hundred rehabilitated villages, the centers of the cities in Albania. The trip to New York, where in front of the big gate of the company producing the anti-Covid-19 vaccine, was cemented until it received the approval for the contract of supply of Albania with the vaccine so necessary for the Albanians. Yes he managed through a dizzying noise that he was in the US for shopping. We are not talking here on the first historic trip on April 18 where the first plane landed at Kukes International Airport that on this trip he did not consume his shoes as it was over the clouds. The election campaign continued with many journeys and we did not have the opportunity to see how many shoe soles were worn, maybe he had left them on the shoe rack, somewhere in Surrel to replace them with stronger ones, combined with the shawls of the area in which he lives. But the Albanians did not laugh at them and understood much better than the opposing politicians the symbolism of the shoes torn from the travels. There, they praised the working man. Those that Rama had done for the country and the people. Albanians educated with the experience of centuries, really chose the donkey, not because of the beauty, but because of how much he wore, what he did, what he said and says what he does. Fixed fare. They saw and threw away the prime minister's gun, overshadowing the super Benzes and range rovers that were brought through the country's roads, as a demonstration of the abundance and force in Basha's procession. They tended to follow deeds and achievements, that commitments, promises, contracts with signs in the sky, unlimited salaries and higher pensions with the lowest insurance that rightly, not without sarcasm were assessed as calls of Sudes, Xhaferi, Gjallica or producing more sauce with less tomatoes more cheese with less milk. All these were faced by Albanian voters who, as always, turned out to have left politicians at the tail end of the bridge, are stubborn on the ground, have life experience and do not fall prey to deception or false enthusiasm that so burdened their psyche in March - April of this year and continue to be drowned out the drums of the senseless accusations of the election massacre and speeches in meetings of the leader of PD, Lulzim Basha in the tour of thanks with slogans that we do not give up and that he will continue the battle until victory, that the elections were not won, they were being stolen. He will not leave the Democrats in the middle of the road to join Edi Rama! During the campaign, Rama’s invitation, was considered, prayer as a sure loser. Today, although the invitation for cooperation is very serious, it is treated as hypocrisy, a game that seeks to trap the opposition party. Only two weeks after the victory in the meeting with his own, the chief socialist Rama, at the same time the prime minister of the country, called his people to an analysis meeting. Victory and enthusiasm were left behind on April 25th. The whole analysis was, not as a triumph as a winner, indisputably a special case the third term that in a few cases occurs even in the most prominent democracies, but as a surgery to heal oneself, the party, change the strategies and mechanisms of the SP electoral machinery of, which is at the moment that needs to be strengthened and reformed as those who know its internal organism know very well that it needs refreshment, cooperation, expansion, opening and preparation for the next battles. Political parties are living organisms. Like any organism, they have within themselves, gears that shine and not a little damaged by walking through paths and actions that never end. As such they need refresh and overhaul. That everyone knows well that even in this campaign, not everything was perfect. Not a few socialists with teser stayed in the shadows. They stayed home, went about their business, leaving the burden to others, and did not get involved in the campaign. Not a few of them judged that they were consumed. That the third term was difficult. The opposition had declared victory. That there are quite a few dissatisfied with the behavior of the administration, the activity of the deputies, the selections and appointments of administrators in the most important directorates in the city and the surrounding areas. That a lot of investments have been made, but the wallets of the citizens have not changed that much. That there are not a few who barely make it to the end of the month. That they are not served in state offices. That many cities have their feet in the water and their lips dry. That in Shkodra the SP fell to the levels of the PSD. Lost significantly. In Debar, for 200 votes, one deputy lost. In Fier he did not reach number ten and the Speaker of the Assembly could have been left out of Parliament if Bashkim Fino were alive. That in areas where reconstruction is at its peak were not converted to vote. Elbasan voted with thousands of votes more socialists, yes the instruction on how to vote abused thousands of votes converted into one mandate. All this and more is not that out of place. Member socialists must be at the forefront at the height of being socialists, leading others as well, clarifying and explaining what has been done and others that have stalled. Precisely seen in this perspective, Edi Rama, although the winner with a kilometer distance, almost ten percent from the second party was self-critical. He spoke at the meeting with the old and new deputies, not as if he had reaped the historic victory in these three decades, but as if he had lost. Not that it does not count. Not that it does not value achievement. He knows more than anyone that the Albanians exalted him to the top and the obligation to them is extraordinary. It would be ungrateful for this people to be treated like yesterday and not to be evaluated with superlatives, not with thanks and words, but with concrete solutions, functional democracy, justice, EU, for those seemingly small problems, if they constitute the meaning of life of our citizens. Without this people. Without this assessment, without these determined citizens, it would not be possible to win a third term in an Albania where not everything shines and in a country where the opposition and most opinion makers, analysts, blacken and sterilize the whole of Albania. It was this people who rose above all the accusers and slanderers over the critics who know no color other than black and know no other way but conflict and violence, protests and obstacles to move forward. It is this people that gave the majority confidence. And it should be the government of Edi Rama, the administration from the center to the base, all the links of the state to return the big debt to the Albanians. Serve them with devotion. Dedication, uninterrupted commitment, not stopping for a second as time has tested the winners and violated the stopwatch that records from the first second how and how the progress is going, are the promises kept, how is it worked, is the vacancy started, unlike slogans "there is no time for rest". Aware, Edi Rama has best understood this major obligation to Albanians. Service to them. Living insurance here for those who do not reach the subsistence minimum. Hiring those who want to work. Construction of roads and parks. The opening of tunnels, airports, ports, four plus four declared by force, seek to materialize. Rama is under the surveillance of three million Albanian supervisors who have turned on the searchlights and met the radars to see if the government and the prime minister are moving at the pace of time and are doing the tasks of implementing the action plan or stalling. To achieve all this, of course, the whole machine must be put into operation at full efficiency. That the party in the majority be refreshed, shaken, cleansed. Above all the administration to be reformed. That some helmsmen leave the steering wheel and get off the ground or stay behind the scenes, not interrupting the aid, but not staying in the direction of the locomotive that has to go at a different speed and have a greater guarantee. The right moves need to be made. In the direction of affairs it is required to put those who give impetus to the works, the progressives, the wise, the honest, the uncorrupted, many jobs, not those who know how to give only speeches and statements or worse those who are happy that they were not appointed deputies, that they do not become ministers, directors in countries with money. Power does not belong to individuals. Be they even with spallets, four-star generals. Edi Rama, thanks to his long experience in politics, understands this best, so the analysis with him in full transparency with the Albanian citizens, required reform, development. Perfection in direction. Breathing of the political force he leads. Cooperation with the largest party in the opposition, although from it until today there is a refractory attitude. Yes, the winner must take this into account as well, because the opposition, although they did not manage to come out on top, are still a valuable part of the democratic system. The whole speech of the prime minister seemed to be the analysis of a leader who had lost and seeks to refresh the political force he leads and the government that is expected to be formed. It seems paradoxical that the winner analyzes the details in detail at a time when there is room to celebrate. This speaks of responsibility and seriousness. This is the right attitude. This is the responsibility that the winner must reflect. It is the logic and mechanism that makes you walk and reform, prepare for future battles. That it is easy to win, but difficult to deserve and justify victory. Opposite Edi Rama is PD and Lulzim Basha. It is really unfortunate that even though Basha did not manage to get the majority, even though he lost, from the first day, in front of the headquarters, he declared pompously that the road to victory had started! And in the contacts he is having with the electorate in the thanksgiving meetings, he does not reveal the project of the future, he does not reveal in detail the causes and factors that led him to the seventh loss since he left politics and took the reins of the PD in his hands. , is doing the triumphant. He spoke as if he were a victim of an election massacre. As if he has won, but the mafia has bought his power with drug money. It is this behavior, this senseless logic, it is this claim that has prompted him to seek the annulment of the elections and their re-run from scratch. This behavior does not add any credentials to Basha, it even reduces the shares in the political stock exchange. No one intends to advise Basha. He is sovereign in the decisions he makes. The less we in an analysis. What if he behaves like that? If he does the calculations and develops the same scheme and covers the causes and weaknesses that prevented him on the path to victory, he leaves the power even more. Maneuvers with theft and manipulation have no positive effect. Albanians know very well that the April 25 elections were the best model to date. And there is no evidence or indication that there is a new beginning and elections will take place throughout Albania. The results are certified. Sealed. Completed. Every accusation is stale and to no avail for our opposition. Behavior as if it was a winner and not a loser, is a completely different attitude from that of the winner who critically analyzes the deep victory, the third term. Basha's slogan that "I will fight until the final victory", without doing a reconstruction of the machinery he runs, victory seems impossible, distant and only the offspring of fantasy. Democrats do not deserve this way of doing politics. Change starts from the party and the serious leader must know how to turn defeat into victory. Yes always if he does not behave like a triumphant every time he loses in battles with political opponents. Behaving critically, as a winner and triumphant as a loser, is an extraordinary logical and political difference. Triumphant and loser, it is impossible to serve the next victory! Loss yes, it is guaranteed! as winner and triumphant as loser, is an extraordinary logical and political difference. Triumphant and loser, it is impossible to serve the next victory! Loss yes, it is guaranteed! as winner and triumphant as loser, is an extraordinary logical and political difference. Triumphant and loser, it is impossible to serve the next victory! Loss yes, it is guaranteed!