Albanian parliament votes in new government led by Edi Rama

By bne IntelliNews September 16, 2013

The Albanian lawmakers have approved with 82 votes in favour, 55 against and one abstained the composition and the structure of the new Albanian government, headed by Socialist Party (SP) leader Edi Rama, the parliament’s press office informed. During the plenary session, held late on Sunday, Sep 14, the lawmakers also approved the 4-year governing programme of the cabinet.

Following the official inauguration ceremony held at the president’s office, the 21 members of the new cabined held its first meeting.

The cabinet of Edi Rama consists of 20 members, including a deputy PM without portfolio, Niko Peleshi. Five ministries will be controlled by members of the SP’s coalition partner, the Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI) – the ministry of EU integration, environment, transport, agriculture and the justice ministry.

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