Parliament approves caretaker ministers, vetting process

Parliament approves caretaker ministers, vetting process

TIRANA, May 22 – Albania’s parliament held an extraordinary session Monday afternoon to nearly unanimously approve the new government reshuffle based on a landmark deal signed between Prime Minister Edi Rama and leader of the opposition Lulzim Basha before the

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Teen’s death after routine knee surgery sparks healthcare debate

Teen’s death after routine knee surgery sparks healthcare debate

TIRANA, May 17- The death of a teenager during a routine surgery at a private hospital due to an anesthesia-related issue has sparked debate in Albania over the quality of healthcare and the way the media reports stories of this

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UN praises Albania on freedom of religion, urges solutions for property issues

UN praises Albania on freedom of religion, urges solutions for property issues

TIRANA, May 17 – The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, has praised the Albania’s policies and practices to promote and protect interreligious harmony and co-existence in the country. However, he noted that Albania’s multi-religious

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Details of SP-DP agreement released

Details of SP-DP agreement released

TIRANA, May 18 – The Socialist and Democratic parties unveiled Thursday afternoon the details of the deal reached by Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha. They include the postponement by a week of election day to June

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DP activists block road to prevent PM Shkodra rally

DP activists block road to prevent PM Shkodra rally

TIRANA, May 15 – Dozens of young members and supporters of the Forum of Young Democrats tried to block Prime Minister Rama’s entry in the city of Shkodra where he was invited to attend a meeting with young voters. Protesters

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Turkey requests Albania shut down Gulen network

Turkey requests Albania shut down Gulen network

TIRANA, May 16 – Turkish Ambassador Hydayet Bayraktar has requested from Albanian authorities to shut down 12 schools that Turkey believes are controlled by a network headed by U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gulen. In an interview for local media, Ambassador Bayraktar

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Athens raises concern of lack of minority representation in parliament

Athens raises concern of lack of minority representation in parliament

TIRANA, May 17 – Greece has raised concern over the potential lack of parliamentary representation for Greek minority in Albania. The crossover of the Party for Unity and Human Rights headed by Vangjel Dule, to the opposition means that the

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Opposition stages peaceful anti-government rally

Opposition stages peaceful anti-government rally

TIRANA, May 13 – Albania’s Democratic Party led- opposition staged a peaceful anti-government protest last Saturday in the capital, Tirana. Opposition leader addressed the crowd and demanded a caretaker government to guarantee free and fair elections. He said that the

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Elections will be recognized providing they are credible, U.S. diplomat says

Elections will be recognized providing they are credible, U.S. diplomat says

TIRANA, May 15 – U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Brian Yee said Monday in Tirana that the international community will recognize Albania’s parliamentary elections even without the participation of the opposition, provided they are deemed credible by the

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AIIS event: CoE pledges continued support to Albania’s democracy, rule of law

AIIS event: CoE pledges continued support to Albania’s democracy, rule of law

TIRANA, May 18 – Assistance from the Council of Europe is essential for Albania’s path towards EU integration. Through several projects implemented in diverse areas, the CoE gives a great contribution and expertise to Albania’s efforts for creating a functioning

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 22 - Albania’s parliament held an extraordinary session Monday afternoon to nearly unanimously approve the new government reshuffle based on a landmark deal signed between Prime Minister Edi Rama and leader of the opposition Lulzim Basha before the country’s parliamentary elections scheduled for June 25.

Following the deal, the parliament also approved the remaining laws and regulations for the vetting process of judges and prosecutors that are part of the justice reform. 

Several other parts of the Rama-Basha deal were also approved by the lawmakers, including handing the leadership of the Central Elections Commission to the opposition.

The session marked the return of the Democrats to assembly, three months after their anti-government protests that kicked off in February. 

The parliament was summoned following the decrees of President Bujar Nishani of the new deputy prime minister and six other ministers. 

The Democratic Party recommended Ledina Mandia as Albania’s new deputy prime minister. Mandja has held the post of State Advocate and advisor to President Nishani.  

The former commander of the Special Army Units, Dritan Demiraj, has been appointed interior minister while the director general of the Court of Audit, Helga Vukaj will be Albania’s new minister of finances, replacing Arben Ahmetaj.  

President-elect Ilir Meta voted against Ahmetaj’s replacement but in favor of the discharge of Petrit Vasili as Minister of Justice. Ahmetaj discharge received 107 votes in favor and 3 against whereas Vasili’s dismissal received 102 votes in favor. 

Gazmend Bardhi will be Minister of Justice, Mirela Karabino will be Minister of Education replacing Lindita NIkolla , Arben Beqiri will be minister of Health, while Xhulieta Kertusha will be the minister of Social Welfare, replacing Olta Xhacka. 

The Central Election Commission will be chaired by Klement Zguri while Erinda Ballanca will be the country’s new Ombudsman. 

Lawmakers also approved the establishment of the vetting commissions and legal amendments to electoral reform 

The government reshuffle was the result of an agreement signed by the country’s two key political leaders which saw the postponement of elections to June 25.  

Prime Minister Rama said that the new ministers will be “the custodians of Albania’s electoral ethics,” and will make sure that “the administration will not be misused during elections.” 

This is Albania’s third provisional government with representatives of both left and right wing parties.

Back in 1991, the country’s first caretaker government was headed by Vilson Ahmeti while the second was established in 1997, as Albania was engulfed by popular unrest as a result of electoral fraud and Ponzi schemes. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 17- The death of a teenager during a routine surgery at a private hospital due to an anesthesia-related issue has sparked debate in Albania over the quality of healthcare and the way the media reports stories of this nature.

Police said 16-year old Blerta Pepa was admitted to Continental Hospital on May 15 to undergo a surgery to repair a knee ligament torn during a school exercise.

The discharge summary from the hospital stated that the girl suffered from a rare complication called Hyperthermia Maligna after she was administered anesthesia before the surgery.

The media had over reported unverified claims that the anesthesiologist, one of Albania's most experienced doctors in this area, had made a mistake.

Police have launched penal proceedings against the three doctors over death due, suspecting negligence.

The anesthetist who administered the anesthesia on the patient tried to commit suicide after the patient’s death. He is still at the hospital in serious but stable condition.

Continental Hospital issued a press release on the case which sparked outrage in the public opinion, saying that the 16 year old died to a rare and often fatal complication, not due to medical malpractice.

Several doctors in Albania have pledged their support for their colleague who tried to kill himself, saying they would do the same in despair for the loss of a young patient.

The death of the young singer sparked concern over the high death rates in Albania’s private and public hospitals, despite claims of improved healthcare by by the Socialist-led government.

At the beginning of his mandate, Prime Minister Edi Rama pledged free universal care for all, but instead the public health sector has seen many controversies, including massive public funding going to private companies in concessions that have not improved healthcare, opposition critics say.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 17 – The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, has praised the Albania's policies and practices to promote and protect interreligious harmony and co-existence in the country.

However, he noted that Albania's multi-religious society faces many challenges, including democratic consolidation, economic and social development, as well as those related to rapid globalization and urged the authorities to address unresolved issues dating back to 1967, when Albania officially became an atheist state.

“Freedom of religion or belief is a practical reality in Albania, and there is much the world can learn from the Albanian experience in respecting freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief and achieving inter-religious harmony,” Shaheed said at the end of his first fact-finding mission to the country, from May 8 to 17.

The expert noted that Albania is a multi-religious society with a deeply troubled past where intense and systematic persecution of all religions, after the late sixties, when it effectively wiped out religious institutions in the country and extinguished all public expressions of religion by the eighties.

“Many issues related to the abuses carried out prior to the end of the authoritarian rule in 1990 remain unresolved, such as the restitution of properties seized and destroyed or repurposed by the state,” he stressed. “However, the free, voluntary and respectful expression of religious sentiment lies at the heart of the interreligious harmony and co-existence that characterizes the situation of freedom of religion or belief in Albania today.”

He added, “The underlying circumstances and disposition that nourish and promote interfaith harmony in Albania are unique to the country, and there are many examples of good practices, in both governmental policy and communal engagement that can be instructive to the international community.”

Among them, the expert noted the state's neutral position towards the religious or belief communities in the country, and the positive, respectful and inclusive engagement of religious communities with the State. He also drew attention to a robust legal framework that guarantees the freedom of religion for all in all its dimensions; the promotion of societal attitudes of mutual respect across different religious and belief communities; and a genuine societal commitment to interfaith solidarity and cooperation.

The Special Rapporteur also noted the rapid reconstruction of the religious infrastructures and the revitalization of spiritual leadership that has taken place since 1990, and expressed hope regarding the apparent absence of political mobilization along religious fault lines.

“In this regard, I recommend the Albanian authorities to speed up the restitution of properties to boost the capacity of religious communities to carry out their functions,” he said.

He added, “The high degree of inter-religious marriage and social, political, economic and residential intermingling, as well as the very low number of reported cases of discrimination on account of religion or belief, suggest that the ethos of 'living together' in mutual respect and harmony was not just a slogan, but a deeply-held value for many Albanians.”

The Special Rapporteur will present a final report on his mission to the Human Rights Council in March 2018.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 18 - The Socialist and Democratic parties unveiled Thursday afternoon the details of the deal reached by Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha. They include the postponement by a week of election day to June 25 and the official election registration of opposition parties by May 26.

Major changes are envisaged in the cabinet, with seven key posts being given to caretaker experts that would be approved by the opposition. These include the Deputy Prime Minister and the ministers of the Interior, Finance, Education, Health, Justice and Social Welfare.

Technical experts to be proposed by the opposition will also head some major state institutions such as the Energy Distribution Operator and the agencies managing prisons and agriculture.

Also, the opposition will get to propose the chairman of the Central Election Commission and the People's Advocate (Ombudsman).

The changes are being made to guarantee the ruling parties cannot use the state administration to get more votes.

The opposition has accepted to vote for all the bylaws and institutions related to the justice reform and the vetting process, a demand of the Socialists.

The parties have decided that with the onset of the new legislature to undertake a Constitutional Reform and an Electoral Reform, including the introduction of electronic technology to identify voters and count votes.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 15 - Dozens of young members and supporters of the Forum of Young Democrats tried to block Prime Minister Rama’s entry in the city of Shkodra where he was invited to attend a meeting with young voters.

Protesters blocked the road at Buna Bridge which marks the entry point to Shkodra. They chanted “Rama Go” as the Prime Minister’s escort vehicles approached the bridge.

Dozens of police forces were deployed rapidly and dispersed the crowds, allowing the entry of vehicles to the town. Police officers accompanied Rama to his meeting with young voters.

Shkodra is one of few remaining Democratic Party strongholds, and the largest city to have Democratic Party mayor.

Earlier during the day, municipal police and state police officers in Shkodra clashed after supporters of Socialist Party attempted to erect a large tent in front of the Municipality Building which would be used as a meeting point between Rama and young voters.

Municipality officials and employees had picked up the same spot for a local event to mark International Family Day.

Municipality police officers said that the setting up of the large tent was illegal since the organizers of the rally did not receive any permit.

The Shkodra Mayor and Democratic Party representative Voltana Ademi said that the clash between police officers was provoked by Prime Minister Rama. She added that Rama’s supporters had received the permit to organize their meeting in front of the Prefecture building and not of the Municipality office.

Prime Minister Rama responded to Ademi’s statement saying that “the Mayor considers each of my visits to Shkodra an act of provocation.”

“She mocks Shkodra and people who voted for her. I used to be a mayor, but if it were me I would not hire Voltana even if she would want to be a storekeeper,” Rama concluded.

Rama's comments drew condemnation from the Democratic Party, urging the prime minister to apologize to the mayor.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 16 - Turkish Ambassador Hydayet Bayraktar has requested from Albanian authorities to shut down 12 schools that Turkey believes are controlled by a network headed by U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gulen.

In an interview for local media, Ambassador Bayraktar said that Albania tops the list of Balkan countries where the network, known in Turkey as FETO, and its leader Gulen are most organized.

He announced plans that Turkey aims to open “real Turkish schools” that “provide quality education” in the country.

Turkey has collaborated with Albania to remove the Turkish flag and symbols from the 12 schools that according to him belong to the organization which Turkey considers a terrorist group and accuses of organizing a coup in Istanbul and Ankara.

 “This terrorist organization continues to use the symbols and the flag of our country, which it has betrayed and tried to eliminate. We put a stop to this when the Ministry of Education of Albania prohibited the use of our flag and symbols,” Ambassador Bayraktar said.

He expressed concern over the expansion of the organization in Albania which aims to misinform Albanians on Turkey and its leaders. Ankara has repeatedly requested from Albanian government to take measures against FETO, an organization which according to Ambassador Bayraktar is an open threat to Albania.

Bayractar reassured that if a terrorist organization threatening Albania would be present in Turkey, then Ankara would do everything to eliminate it. “If our country had a terrorist structure which posed a threat to Albania, we would not hesitate at all in front of it”.

A large number of Turkish colleges, kindergartens and elementary schools opened in Albania since 1992.  Through the years, they expanded by becoming high schools and universities which led to the birth of a new class in the society able to afford this service. Turkey believes that FETO’s leader for Balkans and his Fetullah Gulen’s nephew control 12 schools: two universities and ten elementary and high schools, and that the children of many politicians, state officials and influential people were enrolled in these schools.

Ambassador Bayraktar says that FETO has expanded its activity in Albania. “The organization has two publishing houses which translate into Albanian the books of the leader of the organization. It has chambers of commerce, commercial structures, internet pages, social media accounts that uphold the traitor leader and they also have civil society organizations and religious institutions,” the Turkish ambassador said.

 “We will chase them until we remove the last remaining member of FETO from Albania. We will continue to demand the removal of these elements from the Albanian territories, because they are a threat to our country and we believe that they are a threat to Albania and Albanian families too,” he concluded.

In an op-ed published by U.S. media this week, Gulen denies any ties to the coup in Turkey. The United States has so far not approved a Turkish request to extradite the cleric back to his native country.
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                    [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_132488" align="alignright" width="300"]dule MP Vangjel Dule[/caption]

TIRANA, May 17 - Greece has raised concern over the potential lack of parliamentary representation for Greek minority in Albania. The crossover of the Party for Unity and Human Rights headed by Vangjel Dule, to the opposition means that the Greek minority could end up not be represented in Albania’s parliament for the next four years if the opposition boycotts the elections.

Greek newspapers such as Ekathimerini have picked up on this concern saying that this is the first time since the fall of communism in Albania that the Greek minority would not be represented in parliament, facing a vague future.

MEGA, one of the two minority parties in Albania will participate in the parliamentary elections, whereas the Unity for Human Rights Party, chaired by Vangjel Dule walked out of the ruling coalition and joined the opposition to boycott elections.

The possibility of a Greek minority MP is in the hands of Prime Minister Edi Rama who might engage in electoral games and strip the Greek minority from parliamentary representation, according to Greek media reports.

Vangjel Dule left the Socialist-led coalition citing differences in strategic priorities and joined the opposition parties to boycott the parliament and the elections.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 13 – Albania’s Democratic Party led- opposition staged a peaceful anti-government protest last Saturday in the capital, Tirana.

Opposition leader addressed the crowd and demanded a caretaker government to guarantee free and fair elections. He said that the protest was a referendum to establish a New Republic which according to him would free the country from the chains of drugs and crimes.

“Starting from today we will not recognize the old republic of drugs and crime,” Basha said.

“There will be no elections without the opposition,” he added.

The rally was attended by thousand of party supporters, but it failed to meet the DP’s target of holding the biggest anti-government protest ever.

Thousands of activists and supporters of Basha welcomed his calls for the fight of government corruption and ties to organized crime. They walked peacefully along the main Martyrs of the Nation boulevard on Saturday to Prime Minister Edi Rama's office building which was heavily guarded.

Ministry of Interior Affairs had deployed hundreds of policemen in the streets fearing violence.

Earlier during the day, several foreign embassies had warned their citizens to stay away from the site, citing potential acts of violence.

The protest however was peaceful and no incidents were reported. Basha headed the rally accompanied by his wife and two young daughters.

Opposition parties have boycotted parliament for over 90 days. They erected a tent in front of the Prime Minister’s office building and refused to register for the elections, claiming the Socialist-led government will rig the votes.

"There will be elections only with a technical (caretaker) government," Basha said warning of another "final march".

Albania’s EU accession talks will be launched provided elections are certified as free and fair and the country implements judiciary reform whose implementation has been blocked by the parliamentary boycott of the opposition.

The reform has been drafted by EU and U.S. experts

In the meantime, Prime Minister Rama mocked the Democratic Party rally and described the tent erected in front of his office building to a "plastic bunker of shame".

He vowed that the vetting process will be approved by the new parliament and corrupt judges and prosecutors ‘will be held accountable to the new judiciary".

All attempts by EU and US representatives to push political parties towards a consensus few weeks before the elections had failed ahead of the rally.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 15 – U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Brian Yee said Monday in Tirana that the international community will recognize Albania’s parliamentary elections even without the participation of the opposition, provided they are deemed credible by the international observers and CEC.

Addressing a roundtable with young reporters, the U.S. diplomat called on Albania’s opposition to end its boycott and participate in next month’s parliamentary election.

“If some parties exclude themselves or are excluded from the elections, this is damaging not only to the country and its institutions, but its image outside, first and foremost I think to Europe,” said Yee.

“It is very important that Albania continue to demonstrate that it is a stable, functional democracy, inclusive democracy. And, to foreign investors it is very important to see that there is a functional, stable, predictable democracy where investments are safe,” he added.

The Democratic Party led-opposition has boycotted parliament since February hampering the implementation of the judiciary reform and has decided to boycott the elections, claiming that the government will rig the vote. The Democratic Party chairman has also called for a caretaker government that would guarantee free and fair elections.

There are 17 political parties registered for the  parliamentary elections scheduled for June 18.

Yee who made the latest effort to promote dialogue, said that boycott does not help and is not a winning strategy.

“In our view, elections are always better when there is the widest possible participation of political parties and that is because the people of a country should be represented in government. In order to be represented, there must be a wide range, not only one party, but other parties participating,” he said.

“Elections should be inclusive; they should include as many parties as possible. If parties decide not to participate in the elections, that is their right not to participate,” he declared, adding that “boycotts do are not a winning tactic.”

The U.S. official called for compromise between political parties but recalled that the ‘government will not accept an indefinite delay of elections.

“We believe time is running out; that the time for reaching an agreement, if there is going to be an agreement, is very limited,” he stated.

He reminded opposition parties of Theodore Roosevelt’s belief that ‘courageous leaders are the ones in the arena, the ones who stay in the arena, not the ones who sit on the sidelines as spectators or critics.”

The U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Asked also commented on the influence of Russia in Western Balkans and called for vigilance. “We are watching very carefully what Russia is doing, and we take steps to protect ourselves,” he said.

“Russia has tried to interfere in a number of elections, including ours, to have an effect on how democratic processes take place,” he concluded.

Tirana was the last leg of Yee’s regional tour in the Balkans.  During the day he held meetings with the ruling Socialist Party leader and Prime Minister, Edi Rama, speaker of parliament and President elect Ilir Meta as well the leader of the main opposition Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha.

The Democratic Party chairman accused the prime minister of trying to bribe opposition parties to attend the polls and underlined that “there will be no elections without the opposition.”

On Monday, Central Elections Commission (CEC) approved 39 OSCE/ODIHR mission observers and 7 observers of the National Democratic Institution (NDI) that will monitor the elections of June 18. Meanwhile, the Coalition of Domestic Observers issued a statement calling for the main parties in Albania to work together and solve the stalemate for the sake of a normal election process.

"Integrity and U.S.’s strong assistance is the best opportunity to achieve an agreement based on principles that help democracy," the statement read.

"This is a last major chance for consensus in order for Albania’s democracy to not self destruct," it concluded.

 
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                    [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_132471" align="alignright" width="300"]aiis 2 Law students of public University of Tirana. Photo: AIIS[/caption]

TIRANA, May 18 - Assistance from the Council of Europe is essential for Albania’s path towards EU integration. Through several projects implemented in diverse areas, the CoE gives a great contribution and expertise to Albania’s efforts for creating a functioning democracy. That's what Claus Neukirch, the head of Council of Europe Office in Tirana, stressed during a presentation organized by the Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS) and the CoE Office in Tirana, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law of the University of Tirana, about the CoE's contribution to democracy and human rights. 

Mr Neukirch said that the key project that the Council of Europe is implementing in Albania is about the strengthening of the local democracy in the country. He said that this is especially necessary because the political scene in Albania is so polarized that there are two different organizations representing the local power, one with the mayors of the Socialist Party and one with those elected from the Democratic Party.

He said that the work and support of the Council of Europe in Tirana is broad and in diverse areas. He mentioned the expertise that the Council of Europe is providing concerning media freedom, the strengthening of human rights in the prison system, technical expertise concerning the justice reform and a project that aims at fighting extremism in the schools. ‘’A lot of things begin at school,’’ he said, mentioning the fact that learning about tolerance and respect at school is essential to fight extremism in a society. He said that the areas where the Council of Europe works in Albania are crucial for the advancement of the country.

Mr Neukirch said that the work of the Council of Europe is focused on creating an integrated society, where every group and every person feels part of the society and for this it is important that the focus should not be only on the national minorities inside a state but also on other minorities.

“We need comprehensive anti-discriminatory laws,’’ he said, describing CoE as Europe's leading organization for human rights. ‘’The Council of Europe helps educate people to look critically,” he said, especially concerning populism and terrorist violence in Europe.

Established in 1949, the CoE's main mandatory bodies include the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly. Albania became part of the Council of Europe in July 1995.
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, May 22 - Albania’s parliament held an extraordinary session Monday afternoon to nearly unanimously approve the new government reshuffle based on a landmark deal signed between Prime Minister Edi Rama and leader of the opposition Lulzim Basha before the country’s parliamentary elections scheduled for June 25.

Following the deal, the parliament also approved the remaining laws and regulations for the vetting process of judges and prosecutors that are part of the justice reform. 

Several other parts of the Rama-Basha deal were also approved by the lawmakers, including handing the leadership of the Central Elections Commission to the opposition.

The session marked the return of the Democrats to assembly, three months after their anti-government protests that kicked off in February. 

The parliament was summoned following the decrees of President Bujar Nishani of the new deputy prime minister and six other ministers. 

The Democratic Party recommended Ledina Mandia as Albania’s new deputy prime minister. Mandja has held the post of State Advocate and advisor to President Nishani.  

The former commander of the Special Army Units, Dritan Demiraj, has been appointed interior minister while the director general of the Court of Audit, Helga Vukaj will be Albania’s new minister of finances, replacing Arben Ahmetaj.  

President-elect Ilir Meta voted against Ahmetaj’s replacement but in favor of the discharge of Petrit Vasili as Minister of Justice. Ahmetaj discharge received 107 votes in favor and 3 against whereas Vasili’s dismissal received 102 votes in favor. 

Gazmend Bardhi will be Minister of Justice, Mirela Karabino will be Minister of Education replacing Lindita NIkolla , Arben Beqiri will be minister of Health, while Xhulieta Kertusha will be the minister of Social Welfare, replacing Olta Xhacka. 

The Central Election Commission will be chaired by Klement Zguri while Erinda Ballanca will be the country’s new Ombudsman. 

Lawmakers also approved the establishment of the vetting commissions and legal amendments to electoral reform 

The government reshuffle was the result of an agreement signed by the country’s two key political leaders which saw the postponement of elections to June 25.  

Prime Minister Rama said that the new ministers will be “the custodians of Albania’s electoral ethics,” and will make sure that “the administration will not be misused during elections.” 

This is Albania’s third provisional government with representatives of both left and right wing parties.

Back in 1991, the country’s first caretaker government was headed by Vilson Ahmeti while the second was established in 1997, as Albania was engulfed by popular unrest as a result of electoral fraud and Ponzi schemes. 
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