Albanian deputy prime minister resigns over corruption allegations

22:33, January 14, 2011      

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Albanian Deputy Prime Minister Ilir Meta resigned on Friday over corruption charges against him.

"I am here to declare I'll resign from the government job to start fighting against the phenomenon of threat to the institutions and future of Albania," Meta said at a press conference.

Meta said he would resign as Albania's economy minister, as well as the country's deputy prime minister. He said he has submitted his resignation letter to Prime Minister Sali Berisha.

"This is my personal decision, and it's irreversible," Meta said, "The law must triumph in Albania."

The resignation came after a local television aired footage showing Meta pressing former Economy Minister Dritan Prifti to grant a public tender for a hydro power station to one of his friends.

Meta, who leads a small party in the coalition government, became economy minister in September, replacing Prifti who was forced from office on corruption charges.

Source: Xinhua

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