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Why did Basha lose the elections? 7 reasons

Why did Basha lose the elections? 7 reasons

Despite a good campaign, an optimal message focusing on the economy and European integration, Lulzim Basha and the Democratic Party lost the election.
These are the seven reasons in my opinion:
1-Basha and PD entered the campaign too late, announced the coordinators too late and introduced the candidates too late. Rama and the SP, on the other hand, never stopped the permanent campaign and appointed the political leaders of the regions much earlier.
2-Basha alone is not enough. The attempt of the PD communication headquarters to package the Democratic chairman as Rama's antipode, did not succeed. The closing speeches of the campaign prove better than anything the communication handicap between the two leaders. Basha's speech was a collection of slogans. Rama on the other hand had carefully constructed his antitheses against all opposition theses. Basha had to be proposed together with a team, carefully selected and composed with exponents of the party and society.
3-Basha had broken the two branches where he was held, leaving the Assembly and abandoning the local elections. With Democrat mayors in the municipalities, the DP would have had easier penetration on the ground, and with MPs still active, his candidates would have had more weight in public.
4-The division of mandates in favor of the government proved once again how harmful the non-participation of the opposition in the outline of the administrative-territorial reform had been, but also the inability to directly influence parliamentary debates and blockages. The new Electoral Code which was adopted crutch opposition votes.
5-Basha used the party structure as an experimental test tube, unable to create a stable or efficient leadership. He started it with the coordinators who overlapped the secretaries and then toppled them by filling the Secretariat with his own people. He gave the same message of instability with the Commission of Selection of Candidates, which he himself conceived and rejected. He changed coordinators and political leaders in the regions several times, creating confusion.
6-He did not lead any big battle to the end, which made the public see him as frivolous. The best illustration of this is his promise during the campaign in Kukës that, if he came to power, he would remove the National Road tax. Meanwhile, he himself and for completely non-political and personal reasons, had demotivated the Democratic Party of Kukës to resist in the aftermath after the fierce protest of the people of Kukës, which forced Rama to come urgently from Vlora to Tirana.
7-He could not create partnerships and loyalty in the party or society. He has been the most contested mayor in the history of pluralism and probably the only one who failed to create a stream of loyalists. Preferring clients rather than partners, he conceived of the PD leadership as economic rather than civil or ideological.

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