Rama’s Family Takes Control over Gambling Industry

Rama’s Family Takes Control over Gambling Industry

The company MC Networking shpk, owned 100% by Endri Meksi, the business partner of Prime Minister Edi Rama’s brother Olsi Rama, has finally received the concession to monitor the gambling business in Albania for the coming 30 years. MC Networking has previously tried to extract concessions from the Rama government. It was the local partner of the Chinese […]

ONM Member Breaks Silence, Talks with US Newspaper

ONM Member Breaks Silence, Talks with US Newspaper

When in February 2017 International Monitoring Mission (ONM) chief Genoveva Ruiz Calavera arrived in Albania, she made a firm promise: “The only voice that will be commenting on our work is the public website.” Meanwhile, the website of the ONM has remained conspicuously unupdated, while Ruiz Calavera has already started to talk to the press. Recently, […]

Rama Announces Vlora Airport Construction without Tender

Rama Announces Vlora Airport Construction without Tender

In a Facebook post, Prime Minister Edi Rama announced this morning that the government received an “official request” to construct the Vlora airport in southern Albania. He also announced that construction work will start in June this year. According to Ora News, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy today confirmed that “the offer has been presented […]

Rama Worried Opposition Creates the Wrong Impression

Rama Worried Opposition Creates the Wrong Impression

In an interview with Ilva Tare yesterday evening, Prime Minister Edi Rama expressed his concerns about the protests of the opposition, which may send a message to Brussels “that there is not the necessary maturity […] to sit at the table to negotiate EU membership.” The Prime Minister’s remarks are surprising, as the government holds […]

Lu’s FBI Agents Fail to Produce Any Tangible Results

Lu’s FBI Agents Fail to Produce Any Tangible Results

On November 7, 2017, US Ambassador Donald Lu declared that two FBI agents had arrived in Albania to assist the government’s most recent attempt to deal with the sprawling organized crime in the country and its deep connections with the police and government. Lu’s declaration followed Prime Minister Edi Rama’s announcement of a Special Task Force called “The Force of […]

Mafia Executions Return to Albania

Mafia Executions Return to Albania

Two recent attacks, assumed to be executions in the criminal milieu, have led to one dead and eight wounded in the last two days. January 13, Shkodra On January 13, C4 explosives were placed in the car of businessmen Lulzim Kalla (43), known as one of the “big guys” of the city. Kulla was wounded […]

KQZ Replaces Deputies Rakipi and Rehovica

KQZ Replaces Deputies Rakipi and Rehovica

The Central Election Commission has today replaced deputies Aqif Rakipi (PDIU) and Gledion Rehovica (LSI) after previously revoking their mandates at the request of the Prosecution Office over violations of the decriminalization law. Silva Caka (LSI) took the seat of Gledion Rehovica as deputy from Berat. Caka was a member of Parliament during the first Rama […]

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