Arba Kokalari is the first deputy of Albanian origin to be elected to the European parliament.
In Sweden, in fact, its center-right popular party - the moderate party - has reached 17,6% of the votes, which guarantees the same party four members of parliament, including Arba Kokalari.
The Moderate Party (in Swedish 'Moderate Samlingspartie', literally translatable into the Moderate Party of Unity), better known as Moderates and from the 2006 also as New Moderates is a center-right political party, liberal conservative of Sweden.
In total, the moderates presented a list of 32 candidates for the European elections. The goal was precisely to bring the four to the top of the next European parliament, which will formally take office in early July.
"I'm part of the European Parliament! Thanks to everyone who fought for me!"- the deputy of Albanian origin wrote on Facebook.
The President of Albania, Ilir Meta, also reacted to the news of the election of Arba Kokalari in the European Parliament:
"Arba Kokalari, the first Euro-deputy Albanian, makes all Albanians happy and deserves their gratitude, not only as a successful model in Sweden but also as a representative in the European Union."- we read in the post.
In addition to Arba Kokalari, a great result was also achieved by the candidate of Albanian origin in Italy, Geri Ballo, which despite having failed to meet the European Parliament's goal, surprised everyone by reaching more than 20.000 outisider preferences.
Who is Arba Kokalari
Born in Tirana on November 27 1986, Arba Kokalari is part of the 'Moderate Party' in Sweden and was the number four candidate of the European election party.
She started her political career at a very young age, at sixteen, while in the last she was an active part of her party where she led 'the youth' of the culture department of the capital Stockholm.
She is a member of the council of the Federation of Moderates in the city of Stockholm and was a political expert at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the former party leader and Prime Minister Carl Bildt.
She is one of the great grandchildren of Musine Kokalari, Albanian writer and politician (graduated in the 1941 at 'La Sapienza' in Rome) who founded the Albanian social democratic party in the 1943 and was later persecuted by the communist regime.
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