Albanian Democrats elect Lulzim Basha as new party chairman

By bne IntelliNews July 24, 2013

Tirana mayor and member of the Albanian Democratic Party (DP), Lulzim Basha, has won the race for the party chair, Balkanweb informed. Basha received 80% of the votes in a competition with Sokol Olldashi, who serves as a transport minister in the outgoing cabinet in an intraparty vote held earlier this week.

Basha replaces at the post outgoing PM Sali Berisha, who has decided to resign from all his functions at the party, which he chaired for the last 22 years, after losing the June 23 parliamentary elections.

Basha joined the DP in January 2005. He served as a minister of public works (2005-2007), foreign minister (2007-2009) and interior minister (2009-2011).

Basha assumed the office of Tirana mayor on July 25, 2011. He was declared winner after a double vote recount with a tight 93-vote lead ahead of the opposition candidate and three-times Tirana mayor, Edi Rama.

As noted, Rama has been nominated for the country's next PM following the June elections and is expected to form the new cabinet in September.

Related Articles

Shell to invest $42.5mn in oil, gas exploration in Albania

International oil major Shell plans to invest $42.5mn in oil and gas exploration in southern Albania over the next seven years, Albania’s National Agency of Natural Resources ... more

Freedom House keeps “partly free” status for Macedonia despite new government’s efforts

Macedonia was rated only “partly free” in the latest report from international watchdog Freedom House, the same almost all of the six Western Balkan countries, despite efforts by the ... more

Albania’s central bank to issue new high-denomination banknote

The Albania’s central bank has announced it will issue a new ALL10,000 (€74.9) banknote. The new ALL10,000 banknote will have the highest value issued so far, as the current biggest value ... more