Foreign ministers of Albania
Albania Opposition Leader Faces Money Laundering Charges
The leader of Albania's opposition Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, has been ordered to appear before prosecutors on Monday to answer questions in a case related to payments that his party made to US lobbying firm Muzin Capitol Partners that were not declared in Albania.
Two other members of the Democratic Party, Arben Ristani and Ilir Dervishi, have also been summoned.
Gangster’s Leaked Revelations Deepen Albania Govt’s Woes
The Avdyli brothers shown in an archive photo collage.
The prosecution said it had opened an investigation into a breach of state secrets. The government has not yet commented on the case.
New Albanian Party to Contest Polls as Opposition Vows Boycott
Democratic Party protesters hold a placard saying "Rama Go" at a rally in Tirana on February 16. Photo: BIRN
Led by Astrit Patozi, a former deputy chairman of the main opposition Democratic Party, the new party says it hopes to be the main electoral alternative to both the government and the opposition.
Albania Opposition Leader Grilled Over US Lobbying Contracts
Albanian Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha was grilled by Tirana prosecutors on Monday over 2017 payments for lobbying in the US and related expenditures.
Albania Protesters Fail to Break Through Police Cordon
Protesters push against police in Tirana on 21 March 2019. Photo: Gjergj Erebara/BIRN
Protesters threw a coloured substance against one of MPs as he was entering the parliament in Tirana for the first time.
After the opposition parties summoned their supporters early in the morning, dozens of them threw firecrackers and smoke bombs while police pushed them back.
Thousands of Albanians Went to the Streets to Demand the Resignation of the Prime Minister
Thousands of Albanians went to the streets on Saturday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama.
Demonstrators clashed with the police as they tried to enter the prime minister's office in the capital Tirana.
Four demonstrators and two police officers were injured during the clash, according to the Albanian Ministry of Health and Social Protection.
Albanian PM and President Battle Over Road Project
The rift between Albania's ruling Socialist Party and President Ilir Meta widened on Sunday after Prime Minister Edi Rama accused Meta of acting as the head of the opposition - after he urged the government to cancel a project to demolish homes to make way for a new stretch of road in the capital.
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Rama Declares Himself Albania's Temporary Foreign Minister
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Monday said he would take over the position of Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, following a row with President Ilir Meta on the nomination of Gent Cakaj as the new minister.
Albania's Leaders Lock Horns Over New Foreign Minister
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Twitter on Thursday condemned President Ilir Meta's refusal to endorse his nominee Gent Cakaj as new foreign minister, calling it "not just unconstitutional but also shameful".
He also issued an apology to Kosovo "about this shame", as Cakaj has citizenship of both Kosovo and Albania.
Albania Company 'Falsified US Links' to Win Road Contract
The General Prosecutor's Office in Tirana told BIRN on Friday it would probe allegations that a company had used false documents to win an 18-million-euro public works tender in Albania.
The Albanian-registered company allegedly pretended to be a branch of a major US-based contractor to get the contract.