The next 26 May, together with the European elections, will be held the Italian administrative elections. We have taken steps to find candidates of Albanian origin that you can consult
Today we present the ninth candidate, Armando Zotaj
Armando Zotaj - Municipality of Casale Monferrato (AL) of 33727 inhabitants in the Piedmont region. He is a candidate for Forza Italia with the candidate Mayor Federico Riboldi - he was born in Fier, Albania and has 36 years
In Italy I achieved the upper secondary school. I am married and I have a daughter of 8 years. I work on my own, I manage a pizzeria.
I am applying for the list of Forza Italia, candidate for mayor Federico Riboldi of the center right.
Interview with Armando Zotaj
"I am applying because at Casale Monferrato we are a very large and important community and we can do something for our community"
1. If you win, what do you think you propose to be innovative for all citizens?
In case of winning, the first thing I would like to do, would be a class for Albanian children, if a cultural association were possible.
2. Why do you think they will have to vote for you?
They should vote for me, because they would have an important voice in common and above all I am not applying to find only one job.
3. Being in possession of a dual citizenship, belonging to multiple cultures and speaking multiple languages is a point of advantage or disadvantage for you and why?
In my opinion, having dual citizenship is only a favor, because you can be voted by both foreigners of origin, but also by Italians who, in my opinion, are very culturally open.
4. You are of Albanian origin. What is Albania for you?
I am of Albanian origin.
Albania for me is everything, but Italy is now my home. I arrived here that I had 14 years and now I have 36 years and I saw my daughter born here in Casale Monferrato, so Casale is everything to me!
5. Do you care about polls?
Of the surveys I believe little, I prefer real results!
6. What does it mean to be integrated in your opinion and what are the proposals to be made to improve immigration policies?
Casale is one of the cities of Italy that has always welcomed migrants. Over the years, 90 has opened its doors to the Albanians.
By now the Albanians are very respected and live very well with the Casalesi.
7. Do you notice any difference between your parents and you in the way you live in Italy?
I don't notice any difference between me and my parents. We all integrated very well!
The mother tongue always remains Albanian.
But as in the national football teams, Albania and Italy are in my heart the same thing, even for languages.
8. Is there an organized Albanian community where you are a candidate? (like some association, a school, etc.). How many Albanians are there in your constituency?
Unfortunately there is no organized community, there are no Albanian associations or schools.
Residents are about 2000.
9. Don't you think they only chose you to draw on the votes of your community?
and lists are made to attract votes, since to have the preference you must write the surname, but if you are on the lists of important parties you can also win.
The civic lists are just to attract the votes and above all to break the votes of the Albanians, in my opinion, of course.
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