Government of Albania

Week in Review: The Search for Normality

New Beginning

Albania President - elect, Bajram Begaj. Photo credits: Edi Rama Facebook

After the often turbulent and anything-but-dull five year term of Ilir Meta as President of Albania, is the country about to get a 'normal' president? On Saturday June 4, Albania's Parliament elected Bajram Begaj as the country's new President, due to take office at the end of July.

Vučić from Ohrid: "When we are together, we are much stronger" PHOTO / VIDEO

The summit is attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, prime ministers of North Macedonia and Albania, Dimitar Kovacevski and Edi Rama, as well as officials from Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
President Vucic said that he had meetings with representatives of countries that are not yet official members of the Open Balkans.

Italian Businessman Bechetti’s Lawsuit Against Albania Dismissed

The building of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France.  Photo: EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER

Had the company done that, "this Court would have had the benefit of the views of the national courts", the ruling read.

The ECHR said the company had failed to take appropriate steps to enable national courts to fulfil their fundamental role.

Albania Parties Fail to Elect ‘Consensus’ President

The last chance for Albania's main opposition Democratic Party to propose names for the new President - who must be elected in June - expired on Sunday, when it failed to do so, in the third round of the election.

The date for a fourth session is yet to be decided. Democratic Party parliamentarians did not show up to vote in the parliament.

Sold for Scrap: Albanian Town Rues Demise of an Oil Giant

This time, the "dead" thing is an oil refinery in the town of Ballshi, the seat of the southern Albanian region of Mallakastra.

Shijaku bought the refinery for scrap earlier this year with a loan of nine million euros from its owner, Credins Bank. Once it's picked apart, a solar park will rise in its place by the end of 2023, he says.

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