Today’s plenary session was held amid debates between the majority and opposition’s members of parliament.
Debates sparked immediately after the speech of former Prime Minister Sali Berisha, who commented on the law on national minorities.
The democrat MP Flamur Noka requested permission to speak from the Assembly Speaker, however the assembly speaker gave the right to an MP of the Socialist Movement for Integration instead.
At that moment, the democrat MP went to the podium and blocked it, stopping the SMI’s MP from speaking.
The Assembly Speaker ordered the removal of the Democrat MP from parliament for a period of 10 days on the grounds that he was blocking the podium.
The Assembly Speaker’s decision was considered by former Prime Minister Sali Berisha to be a violation of the parliamentary regulations and called it an effort to stop free speech in parliament.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Socialist Party’s Parliamentary Group declared that this scenario was a premeditated move by the Democratic Party.
In another dramatic move, the Democratic Party and the Socialist Movement for Integration MP’s signed a request requesting punishment for Prime Minister Edi Rama.
The opposition MPs claim that the Prime Minister has repeatedly offended the former Prime Minister Sali Berisha with inappropriate language, violating parliamentary regulation.
The opposition’s request was sent to the parliament’s bureau for review.
The Socialist Party also filed a request to the bureau of parliament, asking for a 10 day exclusion from Parliament for the democrat MP Flamur Noka.