Parliament Approves Four New Ministers

Parliament Approves Four New Ministers

Parliament has today approved the four new ministers proposed by Prime Minister Edi Rama. Fatmir Xhafaj was approved with 76 votes as Minister of Interior Affairs Eduard Shalsi was approved with 76 votes as Minister of State for Local Government Ogerta Manastirliu was approved with 79 votes as Minister of Health Olta Xhaçka was approved […]

Fatmir Xhafaj Denies Torture Allegations

Fatmir Xhafaj Denies Torture Allegations

Only after being decreed by President Nishani, the new Minister of Interior Affairs, Fatmir Xhafaj, felt the need to respond to the accusations made against him in the media. During last week, several media and citizens have accused Xhafaj of violence and torture during his period as investigator in Kruja. In a press declaration, Xhafaj […]

President Nishani’s Decree Helps the Opposition

President Nishani’s Decree Helps the Opposition

Saimir Tahiri was removed from the Ministry of Interior Affairs due to the pressure of several EU countries, including Germany and France. Different from the claims of Albanian political analysts, which mainly refer to gossip from the opposite camp as “analysis,” his departure was the result of a choice between the removal of Tahiri or foreign […]

President Nishani Will Decree Xhafaj

President Nishani Will Decree Xhafaj

In a press conference given yesterday at 18:00, President Bujar Nishani has confirmed that he will decree Fatmir Xhafaj as new Minister of Interior Affairs. The President stated that the Constitution does not give him the right to withhold his approval, as had been demanded by the opposition. In my evaluation, the candidacy of the Minister […]

Fatmir Xhafaj’s Past

Fatmir Xhafaj’s Past

Fatmir Xhafaj will be the new Minister of Interior Affairs of Albania. Waiting for the President’s decree, the “star” of the judicial reform has raised the public’s interest for a photo that has been circulating for a long time, showing him on the side of the former dictator Enver Hoxha. Like a brilliant student and […]

Vetting Applications Not Reopened

Vetting Applications Not Reopened

Yesterday Parliament changed its position on the reopening of the application procedure for the vetting institutions. A motion was adopted not to reopen the procedure but merely ask the National Ombudsman to collect additional certificates of 79 candidates that were disqualified on formal grounds, but which may in theory be qualified. On March 6, Parliament adopted […]

New Ministers Vetted by the President and ShISh

New Ministers Vetted by the President and ShISh

Prime Minister Edi Rama has sent his dismissals and proposals for the four replacement ministers in his government to President Bujar Nishani. According to art. 98 of the Constitution, President Nishani will have 7 days to decree the dismissals and review the new candidate ministers. After they have been decreed by the President, the Parliament […]