Former minister of Justice and Constitution expert Eduard Halimi commented the opinion in advance of the Venice Commission.
Speaking for Syri TV, Halimi said the term “excess of competences” does not exist, adding that the opinion of the Venice Commission does not say in any paragraph that which article or paragraph of the Constitution was violated by Albanian President Ilir Meta.
“The term ‘excess’ is not recognized by the Constitution”, Halimi said. “In the Albanian vocabulary, there is the excess of speed or taking someone else’s competeneces. According to the Constitution, the President is the only institution”.
“Violation, based on the dictionary, means the infringement of an article or paragraph of the Constitution. From what I have read, I do not find such a definition, i.e. the President of the Republic infringed any article of Constitution with the postponement of the elections for 100 days. As long as there is no violation, one cannot talk about a big or a small violation”.
Halimi added it’s not Venice Commission’s business to judge the June 30 elections or other elections, only OSCE/ODIHR has the right to do that.