Friday, 29 June 2007

ALBANIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AT STANDSTILL


By Fatmir Terziu
When Voice of America (VOA) asked the current Albanian President Mr. Moisiu, whose time in charge is ending soon, that “you are the first president in Albania elected by consensus, but then you have been criticized by the then opposition that at the present is in power. In your view, those relation with the present prime Minister, Sali Berisha can they be considered overcome?” President Moisiu answered:

The fifth round of meetings between position and opposition politicians in Albania about getting a consensus for the new President ended without accomplishing the aim. Both groups after their meeting declared that there was no result. Opposition group, lead by Socialist Party of Albania (SP) said that they are not presenting any name for President until a proposed name by the position group, Bamir Topi, a Deputy Leader of DP (Democratic Party in Albania), is taken off the list. While the position comment on this decision was: “This is a scenario of the SP wanting to bring the nation to early general elections”. According to Albanian daily newspaper “Koha Jone” (Albanian Times) published online on 29 June 2007, there is another option that SP is getting ready to propose a female candidate with diplomatic background. Other political parties in Albania have given other options, which after this meeting look like dead options. The question is: “Will a future President be decided with the backing of all the political parties?”.
When Voice of America (VOA) asked the current Albanian President Mr. Moisiu, whose time in charge is ending soon, that “you are the first president in Albania elected by consensus, but then you have been criticized by the then opposition that at the present is in power. In your view, those relation with the present prime Minister, Sali Berisha can they be considered overcome?” President Moisiu answered:
“as you just said, I have been elected by consensus, with the approval of all the main political forces of the country and this is the first experience that was applied in our country, because it is known that my predecessors have been determined according to the political force that they belong to and I think that at least from the contacts that I have had with different personalities, domestic and foreign ones, that this experience has not been bad at all and that has helped in the successful carrying out of the political activity and in general in political solution in our country. Regarding the relations and the criticism directed at me, which have come from both sides, this demonstrates that the president’s position, which according to the Constitution represents the unity of the nation, is such that it must in certain situations to find that solution, to keep that stand which is more in the favour of the majority of the political forces and the nation. I think that there is nothing here to overcome, because such things that are worthy at a certain time, can proven by the time how right, just and stable that criticism has been, or not”.

Today this seems like the distant past, and it seems like what was achieved then will be very hard to do again. But politicians should not forget that all of them are under surveillance of the EU, especially now that Albania aims to join NATO and the EU.

Read this two interesting articles:

Compensation for child who needn't have been born blind

May 18 2007

By Mark Coleman Senior Reporter


A BRAVE and determined seven-year old girl, struck blind by hospital blunders after her premature birth, has won a million-pound compensation deal at the High Court.
Little Nansi Hidrej, the daughter of ethnic Albanian refugees from Kosovo, was born weighing only about two pounds at just 26 weeks gestation at Wexham Park Hospital in April 2000.
Through her devoted mother, Brikena Hidrej, 54, of Norfolk Avenue, Nansi sued the Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust who admitted liability at an early stage, and on Wednesday, agreed to a final settlement of her claim.
The court heard that, in a deal worth between £900,000 and a million pounds, Nansi will receive an immediate 'lump sum' of £411,000, along with annual £15,000 payments, linked to the retail price index, for as long as she lives.
She had a wide range of complications, which were properly treated, but doctors tragically failed to pick up on a condition known as Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), with the result that Nansi was left with detached retinas and facing a lifetime of near total blindness.

Blinded girl wins compensation from NHS Trust

Published 31/05/2007

A seven-year-old girl has won nearly £1 million in compensation after an NHS trust admitted liability for mistakes made by its hospital staff that left her blind.
Nansi Hidrej was born prematurely at 26 weeks in 2002 at Wexham Park Hospital in Berkshire.
However, although doctors at the trust embarked on a number of successful treatments of the various harmful conditions Nansi was born with, they failed to spot that she was afflicted with Retinopathy of Prematurity.
Consequently, Nansi's retinas became detached causing her to go blind.
The doctors might have been able to treat the condition had it been noticed, but the diagnosis was too late for effective treatment to be made.
Nansi's mother Brikena Hidrej will receive the payment from Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust in the form of an initial payment of just of £411,000 and further yearly sums of £15,000.
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