Albania votes in first female-dominated government
PRISTINA, Sept. 17 (Reuters) – The Albanian parliament on Friday voted the first female-dominated government since the introduction of multi-party politics 30 years ago.
After a parliamentary session that lasted more than 20 hours, Edi Rama was elected prime minister for the third time after a landslide election victory in April.
Of the 17 cabinet members, 12 will be women.
“The battle against gender discrimination and domestic violence remains very open and far from won,” Rama said before lawmakers voted for his cabinet with 77 out of 140 votes.
“There are still discriminatory forces and negative energy operating in our society today to the detriment of women and girls.”
Olta Xhaka will continue to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs and the newly arrived Delina Ibrahimaj, former head of the state tax administration, will head the Ministry of Finance and Economy.
Rama said that the fight against crime and corruption will be the priority of this third term.
The new government is forecasting economic growth of around 4% per year after falling 3.3% in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Albania is a member of NATO and aims to join the European Union one day, but the lack of reforms and the reluctance of EU members to further enlargement have slowed the accession process.
Reporting by Fatos Bytyci; Editing by Ivana Sekularac and Angus MacSwan
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