US Ambassador to Tirana Yuri Kim said today that party leaders should clean up the candidate lists. She explained that it should not be done because the ambassadors say so, but because politicians have a duty to implement Albanian law, with respect for voters. Ambassador Kim's reaction comes as a result of statements by Prime Minister Edi Rama, who stressed at yesterday's conference that candidates for MPs who lie about their past have individual responsibilities and that no ambassador "needs to show his duty".
Ambassador Kim says that the non-inclusion of candidates with criminal records is what Albania, NATO and EU partners expect. She also emphasizes that the cleaning of the lists by problematic candidates is a sign of respect for Albanian citizens.
"Party leaders should not clean up their lists simply because some ambassadors say so or because the US has made it clear that fighting corruption is a priority. "They have to do this because it is required by Albanian law, it is what is expected from a NATO ally and EU aspirant, and this is a basic sign of respect for voters," wrote Ambassador Yuri Kim on social media.