The Mjaft Movement, a Tirana-based watchdog organisation, accused the Albanian government of fulfilling only seven of 17 promises which it pledged to uphold in its first 100 days.
Besar Likmeta BIRN Tirana
Out of the 17 electoral promises made by the centre-left government of Prime Minister Edi Rama that Mjaft evaluated as part of its Truthometer project, seven were realised, seven were not realised, one was judged to be unmeasurable and two others were only party fulfilled.
Rama’s government took office in September, promising to usher in a ‘renaissance’ for Albania.
However, it has faced difficulties to reign in crime and widespread corruption and bring the country’s finances into order.
On Thursday, Albania’s opposition Democratic Party held a rally in Tirana accusing Rama of failing to stand true to the promises he made during the electoral campaign.
According to Mjaft, his unfulfilled promises include, among others, the instalment of parliamentary control over the national institute of statistics, the removal of tax on small businesses, and the reduction of electricity prices by six per cent.
Among the fulfilled promises are a ban on waste imports to Albania, an international audit of Albania’s finances, lower tax for teachers, the removal of a 10 per cent tax on medicines, the closure of illegal gambling dens, the start of a review of concessionary contracts issued by the previous government and the verification of illegally-constructed buildings.