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Blast at Albania munitions

Posted on Tuesday, January 06 @ 12:53:17 PST by classiclady

Albania News
    Read inside:
  • Albania's left seeks a way forward
  • Albania’s Finance Minister rejected an economic growth projection given by IMF
  • Another explosion???- By G Q Kokalari

    An explosion at an Albanian ammunition disposal
    Gerdec village, 20 km from Capital Tirana turned to a war zone, due to some heavy blasts of a dismantled ammunition factory, operating secretly and illegally by Albanian government
    plant killed one worker Tuesday after employees went outdoors to build a fire to keep themselves warm, the Defense Ministry said.

    The ministry said the blast occurred in Polican, 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of the capital, Tirana.

    The cause of the blast remained under investigation, but the ministry said the use of munitions packaging as fuel for the fire may have set off an ignition device that contained gunpowder.

    Many workplaces in Albania are unheated, and the incident appeared to be unrelated to the Russia-Ukraine gas dispute. There have been subfreezing temperatures in Albania over the past several days.

    The victim was identified as worker Suzana Kapxhiu, 45, who died of head injuries. Five other workers at the plant were unharmed.

    The plant is one of the Albanian army's factories used to dispose of ammunition kept in storage across the Balkan country since the communist regime fell in 1990.

    Last year, 26 people died and around 300 others were injured from a huge blast at a private disposal factory near Tirana.

    The plant is one of the Albanian army's factories used to dispose of ammunition kept in storage across the Balkan country since the communist regime fell in 1990.

    Last year, 26 people died and around 300 others were injured from a huge blast at a private disposal factory near Tirana.

    Albania's left seeks a way forward

    Political opposition to Prime Minister Sali Berisha is split between two key figures, each claiming he has what it takes.

    Sali Berisha is a political survivor. He has been in power -- either as president or prime minister -- for roughly half of the post-communist era in Albania.
    Since returning to office in 2005, he has proved adept at outmanoeuvring the political opposition.

    That opposition, in turn, suffers from crippling power struggles among different factions. Currently, two men -- Socialist Party head Edi Rama and ex-Prime Minister Ilir Meta, who founded the Socialist Party of Integration -- are both vying for leadership of the left, with no clear winner.

    "Both sides accuse their opponent of losing contact with the base, insisting that the split was needed in order to avoid being drowned by the political right," reports Andi at saktivistablog. "Rama and friends and Meta and friends both claim poll increases while declining to make them public."

    "It seems to me that the left is crossing through the transition years, including the dead-end road after 1992," the blogger adds. "If you count the reasons for optimism, you will be disappointed. Rama simply wants to believe the Albanians can't vote for Berisha any more."

    "With Meta, things are even simpler. He is short, and sociologists say tall leaders stir up more confidence," Andi concludes.

    As for Berisha, one blogger thinks he has become a more formidable adversary over the years, learning from his past mistakes and successfully remaking his image.

    "The Democratic Party returned to power for three reasons: first of all because of the corruption of the socialists, second because of the youth movement inside the party, presented under the promising name of the Political Orientation Committee and thirdly because it was able to woo back many figures who left because of personality clashes or because they didn't want to accept the road proposed by Berisha between 1992 and 1997," Fatos writes at perpjekja.

    "With the youth of the Political Orientation Committee, Berisha succeeded in bringing a cleaner and more moral image to the party, along with higher professionalism and a new energy. By recalling the defectors, he came across as a leader who doesn't require total power as before but is now tolerant of his adversaries," Fatos writes.

    "That means we won't see scenes like before, when adversaries were driven out of the DP with whistles and catcalls," he concludes.

    Albania’s Finance Minister rejected an economic growth projection given by IMF

    Albania’s Finance Minister rejected an economic growth projection given by the state statistics
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    institute, but found himself rebuked by the Prime Minister.

    The statistics institute INSTAT projected that Albania registered a record high Gross Domestic Product growth of 9.9 percent in the last four quarters ending September 30, a period that includes the last quarter of 2007 and the first three quarters of 2008.

    Finance Minister Ridvan Bode said during a meeting of a governmental commission that the INSTAT projection was only for a quarter, while growth for the year was between 6.0 and 7.0 percent of GDP.

    But Bode was later rebuked by Premier Sali Berisha, who said that the Finance Ministry was at odds with the real numbers, which have been certified by the IMF.

    The IMF has not confirmed that it has certified the INSTAT results. In the last public appearance on November 11, IMF Mission Chief Gerwin Bell said that “growth has remained buoyant and on track to reach 6 percent again this year.”

    Albanian experts have raised serious questions on the accuracy of the data presented by INSTAT.

    “I don’t think that is an accurate projection because the previous projection of the IMF is 6 percent,” Shkelcim Cani, former governor of the Bank of Albania, told Balkan Insight.

    “Nothing has happened, such change is like a car shifting from 60 to 100 kilometres and we would noticed it,” Cani added.

    According to INSTAT, the construction of the Albania- Kosovo highway was the main factor for this spectacular growth together with tourism. Cani dismissed the claim, arguing a road which is not yet finished cannot have such an impact on economic growth.

    Another explosion??

    By Gary Q Kokalari

    Another person was killed at an ammunition plant explosion in Albania - this time at Polican.

    At the Gerdec explosion, 26 people died, hundreds were injured and that tragedy occurred as a direct result of the negligence of the Berisha government. Investigations have determined the Gerdec demil facility was operating under extremely hazardous conditions and even the most basic safety policies were ignored. For instance, "wet floor" handling procedures were abandoned and smoking areas were permitted within close proximity to explosive materials.

    One would have thought Prime Minister Sali Berisha would have learned his lesson from Gerdec and that he would have taken immediate steps to fortify safety conditions at ammunition plants throughout Albania. This is what would have been done in a normal country - where leaders value human life - to protect the people. Unfortunately, Albania is a country run by an abnormal person who does not give a damn about the lives of the people. Besides, why should Berisha waste his valuable time on the welfare of a few impoverished people working at a backwater ammunition depot when he is busy feathering his nest and usurping power via decidedly undemocratic methods?

    If the initial report is correct and the explosion resulted from workers using munitions packaging to build a fire to keep warm, then the blame must be fully shared by those who failed to supervise the plant. And given the Gerdec tragedy, the responsibility for overall supervision of the ammunition depots in Albania fell squarely on the shoulders of Sali Berisha.

    Last year, I had written to Prosecutor General Ina Rama and U.S. government officials about the Polican depot because of concerns that ammunition from Polican was shipped to Gerdec as part of the effort to supply the AEY contract. At that time, it was my understanding Kassem Mahmutaj was in charge of the Polican depot. By way of background, Mahmutaj was a leader of a local chapter of Albania's Republican Party and the Chairman of the Republican Party is non other than former Defense Minister Fatmir Mediu. As a coincidence, Gazmend Mahmutaj, Kassem's brother, is serving time in an Italian jail on charges stemming from human trafficking. As yet another coincidence, when Mahmutaj was arrested in Italy, he was traveling with Fatmir Mediu who was also placed under arrest by Italian authorities.

    The Polican explosion has caused the death toll from Albanian ammunition plant explosions to grow by 1. So now, as a result of ammunition related incidents, the blood of at least 28 people drips from the hands of Sali Berisha: 26 at Gerdec, 1 at Polican, and 1 who was killed in a "car accident" on a back road in Albania.


Published by ACLIS Jan 6, 2009

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