The Rightist Liberal Thought/Opinion Party; when it was formed, its mandate, affiliation with other party, if any (2003-September 2004) [ALB42918.E]

Albania's Central Election Commission (n.d.) and a 5 September 2003 article in the Tirana-based, Albanian-language daily Panorama both mention a political party called the "Mendimi I Djathtë Liberal" which was translated by the Multilingual Translation Directorate as the "Liberal Right Opinion Party."

According to the Panorama article, the "Liberal Right Opinion Party" was established by Mustafa Lici in 2000. Its head office is in Shkoder (Panorama 5 Sept. 2004). Further,

[t]his party is the only one that, while it ran in the local elections of the year 2000, has up to now never drawn any money made available by the government to parties for electoral campaigns, relying instead on private funds and individuals (ibid.).

According to Albania's Central Elections Commission, Mustafa Lici ran for councillor and Mayor under the party's name in the municipal elections of 2003 (CEC n.d.). Please see ALB42917.E of 20 September 2004 for information on the results of this election.

Further references to the Mendimi I Djathtë Liberal or the Right Liberal Opinion Party could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References


Albania. n.d. Central Elections Commission (CEC), Tirana. "Municipality of Shkoder: The List for the Council of Municipality/Commune." http://www.cec.org.al/2004/eng/zgjedhvendorefiles/2003/Partite/shkoder/shkoder.htm [Accessed 20 Sept. 2004]

Panorama [Tirana, in Albanian]. 5 September 2003. Ritvan Dibra. "Attempt on Mustafa Lici with Explosives." Translated by the Multilingual Translation Directorate, Public Works and Government Services Canada. http://www.panorama.com.al/20030905/default.htm [Accessed 20 September 2004]

Additional Sources Consulted


Publications, including: Europa World Yearbook, Political Handbook of the World,

Political Parties of the World.

Internet Sites, including: Albanian Daily News, Albanian Human Rights Group, Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), Balkan Human Rights Network, BBC News UK Edition, Dialog, Electionworld.org, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR, OSCE), South East European Times.