'Draft-Budget 2018 Serves to Rama and Oligarchs'
Albanian Daily News
Published November 17, 2017
The Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI) chairwoman, Monika Kryemadhi denounces the budget 2018 as an instrument that protects Premier Edi Rama and oligarchs interests. During a speech in a marathon parliamentary session that was finalized with the draft budget 2018 adoption in principle she said that this document met her negative expectations from a majority that alienated the citizens' willingness on June 25th.
"I had no expectations that budget 2018 would be a document focused on the citizens issues and not an instrument that protects the interest of 1% of the population. The latest 'innovation' announced through this budget, the EUR One Billion project, is nothing else but the new financial hole that will devour the citizens' money. Nothing else could be expected by a government whose program, presented only two months ago, included no vision, no strategy, no economic plan to save hundreds of thousands of Albanians from "poverty slavery" that barely survive day after day. The only economic recipe confirmed by this budget is the one that is being already implemented by PM Rama, "The Shock Therapy for the Albanian Citizens" through the deepening of poverty, the economic inequality between the rich and the poor, social polarization and massive unemployment to be used as instruments of fear, pressure and submission of the of Albanian citizens will, transforming everything into a coupon in the next elections," said Kryemadhi.