Thirty Albanian ambassadors continue to head Albania's diplomatic headquarters in several countries around the world despite their mandate having ended.
The response comes from a report by the Supreme State Control (KLSH - Kontrolli i Larte i Shtetit) reported by Shqiptarja.com, which states that some ambassadors have even exceeded the expiry of their mandate by nine years. In this sense, KLSH asked the interim foreign minister Gent Cakaj that "all ambassadors whose mandate has ended are returned to their appointment in accordance with the legal criteria in force"
The ambassadors whose mandate has ended have been appointed according to article 31/3 of the Foreign Service Law, which provides that the minister of foreign affairs may appoint experts from outside the foreign service in diplomatic and consular missions, in special cases who have knowledge and skills based on the specifics of the position.
However, KLSH in the report points out that ambassadors appointed under article 31/3 represent 42% of the total ambassadors and therefore cannot all be considered as "special cases". In the report, moreover, KLSH reports that diplomatic representatives have carried out their duties without approved structures:
"Consequently, there have been no descriptions of job positions with the risk that the decision-making process relating to the appointments is subjective, especially in conditions where there is no fixed structure (with a certain number of employees) that refers to the specific nature of each diplomatic mission."- reads the report of the KLSH covering the period May 2017-August 2019.
The entire staff of the Albanian embassy in Athens fired
Last week, the interim minister for Europe and foreign affairs, Gent Cakaj, fired the entire staff led by the Albanian ambassador to Athens, Ardiana Hobdari.
According to sources, this action is based on Hobdari's poor performance. Recall that disciplinary action was taken against Hobdari last year for the scandal of the disappearance of 100 passports, while Ioannina Pervin Gjikuria's consul had been fired.
As reported Shqiptarja.com Cakaj proposed to the head of state, Ilir Meta, the name of Luela Hajdaraga as ambassador to Athens in place of Hobdari.
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