Albanian opposition MPs disrupted the parliament session again. One of the flares caused a fire

Albanian opposition lawmakers disrupted parliament again on Monday to protest what they say is an increasingly authoritarian Socialist government.

Albanian Parliament

Democratic lawmakers light flares during a parliamentary session in Tirana, Albania on November 20, 2023.

Democratic lawmakers lit flares and piled chairs in the middle of the chamber as Prime Minister Edi Rama took his seat to vote on next year’s budget.

One of the flares started a small fire, which the opposition MPs put out. The opposition wants to set up parliamentary commissions of inquiry to investigate alleged cases of corruption involving Ram and other top government officials.

A colored smoke bomb ignited by the opposition...

Parliament of Albania A colored smoke bomb lit by opposition MP Ervin Salianji is seen during a parliament session in Tirana, Albania on November 2, 2023.

The left-wing Socialists, who hold 73 seats in the 140-member parliament, basically voted quickly, ending the meeting within five minutes. Discussion on individual budget items is expected at the end of this week.

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