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Albanian parliament approved the new constitutional reform on justice system

by Dr. Arta Vorpsi

Albania’s parliament early on Friday adopted long-awaited judicial reforms, after 18 months of technical and political work and days of tense negotiations. All 140 members of parliament voted in favour of the reform, after negotiations between the three main political leaders led by US ambassador and EU head of delegation.

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Is there a need of a deep constitutional reform in Albania?

by Dr. Arta Vorpsi, Legal adviser at the Constitutional Court of Albania.

In November this year, it will be 16 years from the entry into effect of the Albanian Constitution. Lately, since the new election in June 2013 after which a coalition of Socialist Party and Socialist Movement for Integration came into power, there is a discussion regarding the need of a deep constitutional reform in Albania. The need to revise the fundamental document of the state may only be determined by political and institutional developments that have taken place during this period. In fact, Albanian constitutionalists, political actors and analysts, as well as representatives of some independent state institutions seem to concur that the Constitution should not be subject to frequent and partial amendments.

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