Electoral reform must be completed by May 31, set by the political parties themselves.
US Ambassador Yuri Kim, speaking after meeting with Chief Opposition Basha at the blue headquarters, said that this deadline was set by the political actors themselves and not the US Embassy.
Kim said the opposition has a difficult task ahead, but added that meeting with Basha feels encouraged and expects to see further results.
Yuri Kim: We had a very good meeting, I was very pleased to have the opportunity to meet with the opposition leader Lulzim Basha.
Our discussion was focused on the future and not on the past, especially on the importance of how Albanian leaders should meet the expectations of the Albanian people as they promised to complete electoral reform by 31 May.
This is not a timeline set by the US Embassy or any other external factor, this is a timeline set by the leaders themselves.
By definition, the opposition has a very difficult job ahead of them, but I feel very encouraged by the discussion we had this afternoon and look forward to the results.
From Basha, the ambassador received the guarantee that the DP is determined to close this reform within May 31st.
Lulzim Basha: I want to thank Ambassador Yuri Kim for the electoral reform. Organizing free elections is the absolute priority of the DP of the united opposition and the Albanians.
We are determined to do everything possible to guarantee the Albanians the opportunity to go to the polls one hour before the uninfluenced ballot boxes of criminal gangs and the money of corruption in their government.
We are committed to this battle and will do everything in our power to ensure that within 31 May, a deadline that we have asked this majority to reform, so that this deep constitutional and institutional crisis can be resolved through free and fair elections, where Albanians elect parliament and government by their vote.
Albania to move forward and not be held hostage to the past but to pave the way for EU integration.
The meeting of the American chief diplomat with the leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, comes right after the meeting of the Political Council for electoral reform where the Democratic Party, the Socialist Movement for Integration and the Socialist Party have agreed on shortening the election period and the financing election campaign and gender quotas.
Elections will no longer be held in June, but periods are proposed from 15 April to 15 May and from 15 October to 15 November.
Unlike the current version where the President is forced to set the date on one of the last 2 Sundays of the period, now the president has no restrictions. He may decree elections on any of the Sundays within the new approved period.