Albanian President, Ilir Meta has been impeached by the country’s parliament as lawmakers voted to have him out of office for violating the constitution.
In a joint extraordinary session on Wednesday, the lawmakers arrived at an overwhelming vote of 104-7 to remove the president. Only 3 abstained from voting.
The vote followed an investigation of Meta over his biased approach against the ruling Socialists during the April 25 parliamentary electoral campaign.
The Socialist lawmakers had accused the former Socialist prime minister who left the party many years ago, of inciting instability and violence in the Balkan nation and siding with the political opposition ahead of the election.
The report concluded that Meta violated 16 articles and also incited violence but the president denounced the claims and called the impeachment attempt illegal.
“Ilir Meta has betrayed the mission of the president of … Albania,” Prime Minister Edi Rama said in his speech before the vote. “Ilir Meta has humiliated the constitution.”
The final approval will come from Albania’s Constitutional Court within three months.
There was no reaction from Meta during the debate or after the vote. During the parliamentary debate Meta continued his daily agenda, awarding a medal to a folk music ensemble.
The office of the president in Albania is largely ceremonial but carries some authority over the judiciary and the armed forces.
The role is also generally understood to be apolitical, but Meta has regularly clashed with Prime Minister Edi Rama’s Socialist government.