Albanian President Decrees New Government, Parliament’s Final Vote Looming – Released
Albanian President Ilir Meta has decreed the third Rama government.
The proposed candidates for MPs were sent to him for consideration. He then had the option of decreeing or rejecting the nominations. During the process, he unprecedentedly asked the prosecution to disclose whether any of the proposed candidates were being investigated for a crime. The response was negative.
Now that the candidates have been decreed by Meta, they will move on to parliament where all 140 MPs will vote for them. Since Rama’s Socialist Party has a majority, there probably won’t be a problem.
Rama will assume his post as Albanian Prime Minister for a third term and his deputy will be Arben Ahmetaj.
The rest of his cabinet has 15 other members, 70% of whom are women.
Once parliament votes on MPs, everyone would be required to take the oath in Meta. This remains inconvenient as some of the MPs were involved in the vote to sack him earlier this year. The case is before the Constitutional Court.
The cabinet is as follows: Olta Xhacka Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Niko Peleshi Minister of Defense, Bledar Cuci Minister of the Interior, Delina Ibrahimaj Minister of Finance and Economy, Belinda Balluku Minister of Infrastructure and of Energy, Evis Kushi Minister of Education, Ulsi Manja Minister of Justice, Frida Krifca Minister of Agriculture, Elva Margariti Minister of Culture, Ogerta Manastirliu Minister of Health, Mirela Kumbaro Minister of Tourism, Elisa Spiropali Minister of State Relations with Parliament, Edona Bilali Minister of State for Entrepreneurship, Bora Muzhaqi Minister of State for Youth and Children, Milva Ekonomi Minister of State for Service Standards.