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Appeal decision on the 'stamp', BIRN analysis: Returned to the largest opposition group

Appeal decision on the 'stamp', BIRN analysis: Returned to the largest

The name, logo and seal of the Democratic Party were returned on Tuesday to the largest opposition group led by former Prime Minister Sali Berisha, after the Court of Appeal overturned an appeal by another group led by Lulzim Basha.

The panel composed of judges Alma Ahmeti, Elona Toro and Iliba Bezati, after hearing the claims of the parties, decided not to accept the appeal signed by MP Enkelejd Alibeaj, leaving in force a decision of judge Agron Zhukri of the first instance.

Judge Zhukri had recognized the decisions of the National Assembly of the Democratic Party convened by Berisha with the signatures of ¼ of the members, where Lulzim Basha was dismissed from the office of the chairman of the party and the governing bodies and the party would be led by a body called "Commission of Reestablishment".

But, an appeal made in the Appeal by the deputy Alibeaj, who at that time was authorized as party chairman after the temporary resignation of Lulzim Basha, caused the case to drag legally up to the Supreme Court, which in December 2023 overturned the decision before the Appeal, which recognized Alibeaj as a party in the process, returning the case for reconsideration.

With the latest decision of the Appeal, the more than 3-year legal saga of the largest opposition party, which has been divided into two opposing groups since the fall of 2021, seems to end.

The legal battle over the seal and the name of the party caused the Democratic Party to be divided and to experience a deep defeat in two pairs of local elections, the partial ones in March 2022 as well as the May 2023 elections.

The decision-making bodies of the election process recognized Basha's right to use the seal and logo, as well as to benefit from the state budget funds for the elections, while Berisha's group competed under the banner of a coalition with the party allied to former president Ilir Meta.

The conflict between the two groups arose in September 2021, when the former chairman of the PD Lulzim Basha decided to exclude Berisha from the parliamentary group, after the latter was named as a person involved in major corruption by the US State Department.

But Berisha launched an intra-party campaign that culminated in January 2022 with a physical attack on party headquarters, which was followed by police intervention. After the attack, the leadership of the DP decided to expel Berisha and his supporters from the party.

Currently, Rithemelimi controls a large part of the party on the ground and of the parliamentary group, as many of the former opponents united around Berisha in these years.

After the decision of the Court of Appeal, MP Flamur Noka called on the Democrats to return to their party. According to him, "..although in the oasis of injustice, judges with integrity were found who gave voice to the truth, which had been dragging on for three years". /BIRN

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