Xhaferi: I made a mistake, it’s not the end of the world


A day after scheduling the early parliamentary elections on April 12th, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi admitted at a news conference Monday that he had made a mistake during the final session of the Parliament, when he declared an ancillary law on state prosecutors as accepted without putting it through two votes.

Xhaferi insisted before the press that the law can be considered valid because the Badinter rule shouldn’t have applied.

This vote was challenged by the opposition VMRO-DPMNE, citing Xhaferi’s allegation that the vote did not apply because it was not even voted on by the Badinter principle.

And regarding the Public Prosecutor’s Law, Xhaferi said it was passed according to procedures because he was obliged to renew the vote after the numerous reactions of MPs who failed to vote.

The Law on Public Prosecutor’s Office is adopted in an appropriate procedure and if it is determined that the lawmakers failed to exercise their right to vote, my obligation is to annul the procedure, to enable voting to be repeated as they were unable to vote due to technical reasons. Therefore, I annulled the vote and enable to repeat the vote so that the lawmakers who had already complained could vote. In that respect, I see no problem in terms of procedure,” Xhaferi told reporters when asked if he is ready to be held accountable if the Constitutional Court will annul the vote.

-We voted on two other laws with the Badinter rule and I told the Parliament to prepare for a Badinter vote but then I realized I made a mistake. The law was adopted without the Badinter vote and that is acceptable. I made a mistake, but it’s not the end of the world, Xhaferi said.

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