The former Albanian president resumes his former political party

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Former Albanian President Ilir Meta assumed the leadership of his former political party on Monday and pledged to fight government corruption through referendums.

Meta, 53, who was replaced on Sunday by new president Bajram Begaj, was elected on Monday to head a committee that would reorganize his former left-wing Socialist Movement for Integration, or LSI, into a renamed Party of freedom. .

After being elected the country’s president in 2017, Meta left the party post, which was taken over by his wife, Monika Kryemadhi. She resigned five years later.

Following Meta’s impassioned speech against Prime Minister Edi Rama’s socialist-led government, the LSI convention decided to change the party’s name and reorganize.

The former president began his political career with the Left Socialist Party, but left it in 2004 to form the smaller LSI. During his presidency, Meta often clashed with the socialist government, blocking ministerial appointments and vetoing legislation.

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