Parliament Passes McAllister+ Deal

Parliament Passes McAllister+ Deal

Yesterday evening, Parliament voted on a series of changes in the government and legal amendments that were part of the McAllister+ deal between Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha. All six technical ministers and the technical deputy prime minister were approved with more than 100 votes; Amendments to the Law for Audiovisual Media […]

PM Rama Also Changes Deputy Ministers and Prefects

PM Rama Also Changes Deputy Ministers and Prefects

Following the replacement of 6 ministers and the deputy prime minister as the result of the McAllister+ agreement with opposition leader Lulzim Basha, Prime Minister Edi Rama has dismissed several other officials on the level of deputy ministers and prefects. During a meeting today, the Council of Ministers dismissed Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs Elona […]

Demiraj Expected to Lead Battle against Drugs

Demiraj Expected to Lead Battle against Drugs

One of the results of the agreement between Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha will be the installation of Dritan Demiraj as Minister of Interior Affairs, who is expected to seriously ramp up the battle against cannabis cultivation in the country. Former Minister Saimir Tahiri’s policies have recently been unmasked as largely ineffective, […]

PD Proposes Technical Ministers

PD Proposes Technical Ministers

Following the McAllister+ agreement, the Democratic Party (PD) has proposed 7 new technical ministers, 4 women and 3 men. The minister were proposed yesterday by PD leader Lulzim Basha during a meeting with Prime Minister Edi Rama, who accepted the proposals. Their names have been sent to President Bujar Nishani to be decreed this afternoon, […]

The Price of Fear

The Price of Fear

Without the slightest understanding of the consequences of last Wednesday night, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn exuberantly congratulated Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha on “respond[ing] to their citizens’ expectations and show[ing] democratic maturity.” “Democratic maturity.” There was nothing of this sort. And citizens “expected” nothing at all […]

Government Reshuffle Harms LSI

Government Reshuffle Harms LSI

The government reshuffle that is part of the McAllister+ agreement between Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha will cause a major shake-up in Prime Minister Rama’s government, the second one in two months. On March 13, Prime Minister Rama nominated four new ministers, in an attempt to silence the increasingly vocal international […]

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 […]

Rama Nominates Four New Ministers

Rama Nominates Four New Ministers

Today Prime Minister Edi Rama nominated four new ministers, Fatmir Xhafaj, Olta Xhaçka, Eduart Shalsi, and Ogerta Manastirliu, in the positions vacated yesterday. Fatmir Xhafaj, the current Chair of the permanent parliamentary committee for legal issues and the parliamentary ad-hoc committee for judicial reform will replace Saimir Tahiri as Minister of Interior Affairs. PS deputy […]

Minister of Justice Ylli Manjani Fired

Minister of Justice Ylli Manjani Fired

In a letter sent to President Bujar Nishani today, Prime Minister Edi Rama announces that that he signed the dismissal of Minister of Justice Ylli Manjani, and has nominated current Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI) Deputy Petrit Vasili. After a weekend full of rumors about his impending dismissal and tensions between the governing coalition of […]