The opposition candidate for May 14 mayoral elections in Tirana, Belind Këlliçi, has continuously invited the incumbent mayor Erion Veliaj in a television debate to confront the ideas and visions for the city, but Veliaj has never responded.
Këlliçi appealed to Veliaj again last night on the television Ora News, expressing his readiness for debate.
He said Veliaj brags of his achievements and challenged him to face him in the studio and defend them. Like in all the previous cases, Veliaj avoided a public debate with the opponent.
A televised debate between the two main candidates for the country's main municipality would be the most normal thing in a democracy.
Këlliçi is not the type of politician that belongs to the pre-recorded news industry and that has total control over what will be shown to the public.
On the other hand, Veliaj is exactly the opposite. He has everything recorded and edited with complete caution, in addition to having most of the media under his control.
In these conditions, the incumbent mayor would have a hard time going to a debate that he cannot direct and control himself.
This is the reason why he refuses this confrontation.
Why is Veliaj hiding? What scares him from a possible confrontation with the opposition candidate?
From the day one of the campaign Këlliçi has invited Veliaj at least 10 times in a public debate, including the last one, 17 days prior to the most important elections of the last 30 years.