PD Registers for the Elections

PD Registers for the Elections

The Central Election Commission (KQZ) approved today the request of the Democratic Party (PD) to be registered as electoral subject for the elections of June 25. Also the Republican Party (PR) of close PD ally Fatmir Mediu registered for the elections, although it is not known yet whether he will run with his own party […]

Media against Free Political Ads

Media against Free Political Ads

The Society of Audiovisual Media (SMA) has reacted to the changes in the law for audiovisual media. These changes will oblige private national, regional, or satellite television channels to transmit political advertisements for free during the election campaign. The amendments were approved by Parliament on Monday with 118 votes in favor and 2 against. In a declaration, the […]

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 […]

KQZ Chair Biba Resigns

KQZ Chair Biba Resigns

Denar Biba, chairman of the Central Election Commission (KQZ) has resigned from his function today, following the agreement between Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha. Biba is expected to be succeeded by Klement Zguri, who has been a member of the KQZ since 2000. The election of a new chair of the […]

What Did Basha Win with the Tent?

What Did Basha Win with the Tent?

It is difficult to talk about the Basha–Rama agreement and even more difficult to say who won and who lost. It is equally difficult to speak about the third losing party, because the equation that this agreement has brought cannot be calculated at the moment. Even if we speak and are sincere, the agreement is […]

PM Rama: Agreement Puts an End to Contested Elections

PM Rama: Agreement Puts an End to Contested Elections

Prime Minister Edi Rama dedicated his Facebook monologue of the week to the pre-election agreement with opposition leader Lulzim Basha. According to the Prime Minister this agreement will put an end to the political crises in the country and help Albania on the road toward EU integration. The agreement […], the engagement of the parties […]

President Nishani Decrees Elections on June 25

President Nishani Decrees Elections on June 25

President Bujar Nishani has decreed new elections on June 25. Both the General Elections and the Local Elections in Kavaja will be held on this new date, as a result of the McAllister+ agreement between Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha. The President of the Republic, H.E. Bujar Nishani, has been informed recently […]

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 […]