The Albanian premier Edi Rama presented the new cabinet today, in its second term, maintaining several close allies, dissolving the Ministry of European Integration and establishing the Ministry for Diaspora. The announcement took place during the meeting of the General Assembly of the Socialist Party (Ps).
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced the new Albanian government this Sunday. For the next four years, 13 ministers will help him run the country after his Socialist Party, PS, won the vast majority in the 25 June 2017 elections.
The new cabinet
The new cabinet has been downsized to 13, 11 of which will be standard ministers, while two will be without portfolios. The outgoing government had ministers 19, with 16 standard ministers and three ministers without portfolio.
In the new government, six ministries will be led by women while seven will be led by men. The new deputy prime minister will be a woman, a deputy chosen in the city of Scutari, Senida Mesi.
After a nearly two-hour speech at the Socialist Assembly, Rama also announced that he would make a reshuffle of several key ministries. One of the most significant changes he announced was the dissolution of the ministry of European integration. A new state ministry has been established to support Albanians living outside national borders, who will be led by the former prime minister Pandeli Majko .
A new State Ministry for the Protection of Entrepreneurs was created, which will be led by the current head of the property repayment and compensation agency, Sonila Qato.
The new team will assume the official mandate in mid-September, after the constitution of the new parliament.
However, the core of the cabinet has not changed either in structure or in name. Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati maintained the position, while Fatmir Xhafaj remained Minister of the Interior and Arben Ahmetaj will take on the role of Minister of Finance. This ministry will also oversee the economy.
The ministry of education and sport will still be directed by Lindita Nikolla and will also take on the Ministry of Youth. The Ministry of Health will also take responsibility for social care and will be led by Orgerta Manastirliu.
The energy ministry merges with the infrastructure ministry, which will be led by Damian Gjiknuri. The Ministry of Culture will be directed by Mirela Kumbaro. Etilda Gjonaj heads the Ministry of Justice, while the defense ministry will be led by Olta Xhaçka.
The new minister for agriculture and rural development will be former deputy prime minister, Niko Peleshi, while Blendi Klosi will be the minister of tourism and the environment.
"This is the most difficult mandate I have ever had when it comes to responsibility. We must be super motivated and organize and govern together with the citizens, "said Prime Minister Edi Rama.
For the first time in the 25 years after the fall of the communist regime, all government ministers belong to the same party, without allies. In the policies of the last 25 June, the PS of Rama has obtained by itself the control of the parliament with 74 seats, on the 140 of which the National Assembly is composed.
"We asked for a mandate for us and we got it. Now we have to overcome ourselves to be faithful to the citizens who trusted us, "said Rama.
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