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Changes in government, Parliament approved the new ministers

Gathered in a special session on Monday afternoon, Parliament approved the President’s announcement for the dismissal of Vice Prime Minister and 6 other Ministers and their replacement by the 6 provisional Ministers proposed by Democratic Party in pursuit of the …

Work for vetting started. Ad hoc commission held its first meeting today

After being approved in parliament, effort to implement vetting process has started today. The ad hoc commission that will verify the candidates who aspire to be members of the vetting commissions that will re-evaluate the judges and prosecutors, held its …

Unblocking of vetting, PM Rama: Judicial reform, the most difficult operation

Prime Minister Edi Rama held a meeting with some residents of the Manza area today, where he promised the start of work to clean the justice system. Considering the unblocking of the vetting process to be a historic moment, the …

SP-DP agreement, Meta: Positive developments, consensus should continue

Even though the Socialist Movement for Integration is the party that has benefited the least by the agreement reached by the Prime Minister and the DP chairman, the former SMI chairman and Assembly Speaker, Mr. Ilir Meta said that the …

Parliamentary elections, Ora News and IPR Marketing bring back the polls

Ora News and IPR Marketing will again bring the polls for the June 25 parliamentary elections. The successful cooperation with the IPR Marketing will start on May 3, when the results of the first poll for Tirana will be made …

Attempted coup in Turkey, Prosecutor: Suspicions that the suspected are hiding in Albania

Turkish authorities believe that suspected people who are on the run after the attempted state coup in Turkey are hiding in Albania. This was made public by Prosecutor General, Adriatik Llalla, who declared that the Albanian prosecution has launched an …

Special plenary session, Parliament to approve changes in government

Parliament is expected to gather in a special plenary session to approve the 6 provisional ministers, agreed by the Prime Minister and the Democratic Party chairman. Following the agreement reached between the parties, the provisional Ministers and Vice Prime Minister …

Vetting commissions, Opposition proposes its candidates for members of commissions

Just a few hours before the special plenary session which will be held after the political agreement reached between the parties, the DP chairman gathered the Democratic Party parliamentary group and the allies, whom he familiarized with the changes of …

Path to vetting was paved, The agreement paves way to establishment of commissions

The agreement reached between the main political parties paves the way to complete implementation of the vetting process of judges and prosecutors. The process has been blocked since April, and will be unblocked after the members of the opposition for …

Changes in government, President decreed the provisional ministers and vice PM

Shortly before the special plenary session, The President of the Republic, Bujar Nishani has signed the decrees for the dismissal of some ministers and the appointment of the provisional ministers, as agreed between the Prime Minister and the Democratic Party …

Implementation of agreement, Luan Rama: Agreement reached thanks to SMI & internationals

Parliamentary laws commission starts the implementation of the political agreement reached between the Socialist Party and Democratic Party. The laws commission has declared the vacancies of the chairman of Central Election Commission and of Peoples Advocate. The agreement was reached …

Candidates’ lists, Popular Alliance Party withdrew from its request

The Party of Popular Alliance also withdrew from its request to Electoral College to review the candidates’ lists for parliamentary elections. Considering the new conditions of the political agreement between the Socialist Party and Democratic Party, the representative of this …

Promises for agriculture, PM: We will invest more; we will fight to receive 71 seats

Prime Minister Edi Rama held a meeting today with some farmers from Korça, testifying that the Socialist Government has done a lot for agriculture, though adding his awareness that much more still needs to be done. The Prime Minister asked …

Solution, Koçijançiç: Resolution of situation is a result of hard work

The spokeswoman for the EU Foreign Affairs & Security Policy, Maja Koçijançiç has commented on the crises in both Albania and Macedonia, observing the solutions to be a result of hard work. “I don’t believe it’s a case of a …

FM on SP-DP agreement, Bushati: The agreement guarantees implementation of vetting

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati, commented today on the agreement reached between the Prime Minister and the Democratic Party chairman for solving the political crisis. Speaking from Shkodra, where he participated at the competition “Colors of Albania’, the Minister …

Rama-Basha agreement, SP MP Majko: There is no perfect agreement in politics

The Director of the Legalizations’ Agency, Artan Lame, and the socialist MP Pandeli Majko have responded today to the agreement reached between the Prime Minister and the DP chairman to solve the political crisis. According to the agreement reached by …

Elections on Eid al-Fitr day, Tirana’s Mufti says this is not a problem

Tirana’s Mufti Ylli Gurra has called on the country’s Muslim believers and citizens to vote on June 25, despite the fact that this day coincides with the Eid al-fitr holiday. The election campaign also coincides with the month of Ramadan …

SMI, a chance for the youth, Vasili: We will reduce youth unemployment from 30% to 15%

The Socialist Movement for Integration is focusing its campaign toward the youth. During a meeting held with some young people of administrative unit number 5, the chairman of the Socialist Movement for Integration, Petrit Vasili, declared that the SMI’s mission …

DP chairman with the allies, Basha under the allies’ pressure for the electoral lists

The agreement reached between the Prime Minister and the DP chairman for the solution of political crisis has put the small parliamentary parties in a difficult position. The DP chairman held a meeting today with his allies, with whom he …

Ilir Meta on agreement: ‘It is not like that of 2008, but it has similar aims’

The Assembly speaker and President-elect, Ilir Meta has commented today on the agreement reached between the parties, declaring that the agreement was necessary because the country needs tranquility and legitimate elections. Mr. Meta said that the agreement is not similar …

SMI praises the agreement, SMI Chairman: Now the country will be calmer than it was

The chairman of the Socialist Movement for Integration, Petrit Vasili, gave a press conference today, praising the agreement reached between the political parties to ensure comprehensiveness in elections. The SMI chairman said that the impossibility to create coalitions is a …

SP-DP agreement, Austrian ambassador: Agreement will take the judicial reform ahead

The Austrian Ambassador to our country, Johan Sattler commented today on the agreement reached between the Prime Minister and the DP chairman to solve the political impasse. The Austrian ambassador said that the agreement offers stability and will move the …

Elections on Eid Al-Fitr, Shkodra’s mufti is against the elections’ date

The Mufti of Shkodra, Imam Muhamed has criticized the agreement between the main political leaders, Prime Minister Edi Rama and DP chairman Lulzim Basha. The Mufti has expressed holding elections on June 25, which coincides with the Eid al-Fitr, a …

Changes in government, Parliament will gather on Monday in a special session

Parliament is expected to gather in a special session on Monday, May 22, in order to approve the changes in government and to complete the establishment of the vetting commissions. Based on the agreement reached between the Prime Minister and …

An agreement was reached, Details of the agreement have been publicized

The Socialist Party and Democratic Party publicized a few minutes ago the agreement the Prime Minister and the DP Chairman reached this morning. According to the statement the parties issued to the media, the parties have agreed that the elections …

Agreement reached, PM & DP Chairman reached the agreement in early hours of the morning

An agreement between the parties was reached early this morning. After a meeting of nearly 3 and a half hours, the Prime Minister and the DP chairman left the assembly building declaring that they have reached an agreement. The chairmen …

Details of the agreement, PM & DP Chairman held a 5 hour meeting to conclude agreement

After reaching an agreement to solve the political impasse, Prime Minister Edi Rama and Democratic Party chairman held a 5 hour meeting today at the Palace of Congress. The DP chairman was accompanied by the democratic MP Oerd Bylykbashi, while …

Rama-Basha agreement, Assembly Speaker held a meeting with former PM Berisha

At the same time the Prime Minister and the DP chairman were holding their meeting, the Assembly Speaker and president-elect Ilir Meta held a meeting with the former Prime Minister Sali Berisha. At the end of the meeting, the Assembly …

Agreement was welcomed, OSCE, US, EU, McAllister, Fleckenstein & Kukan praise the deal

The internationals have praised the agreement reached between the Prime Minister and Democratic Party chairman on social media. The OSCE presence congratulated the government and the opposition and has expressed willingness to offer support, saying: “Congrats to the Government & …

Candidates’ lists, Agrarian Party withdrew its request filed to Electoral College

The Electoral College accepted the request of the Agrarian Party to withdraw from its complaint to declare the list of candidates for MPs invalid. The Agrarian Party had filed an appeal to the Electoral College, claiming that the registration of …

Political crisis, US ambassador held separate meetings with PM & Basha

The US ambassador to Albania, Donald Lu, continues with his efforts to help the parties reach an agreement. During the day, he has held separate meetings with the Prime Minister and the DP chairman. The US ambassador held a two …

Solution of crisis, Opposition’s coalition has accepted the McAllister package

The Opposition’s coalition declared today that it has accepted all the conditions set in the McAllister package for the solution of the political crisis. In a statement issued to the media, the Opposition’s coalition says that now it is the …

Negotiations, Socialist Party insists on June 18 as election date

The Socialist Party has reacted to the statement the opposition’s coalition issued today. Replying through a statement issued to the media, the Socialist Party confirms that it does not accept the postponement of elections and that June 18 is the …

SMI on the crisis: ‘ Those who do not support McAllister package are responsible’

Socialist Movement for Integration has asked for unconditional support to the package proposed by McAllister. In a statement issued to the media, the SMI chairman, Petrit Vasili asks for the implementation of the package and asks that the parties end …

DP chairman writes to PM, Basha invites the PM to accept the McAllister package

Today the Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha sent a letter to the Prime Minister. In the letter, the DP chairman re-confirms that the opposition has accepted the package proposed by the US Deputy Assistant Secretary, Hoyt Brian Yee, during his …

Focus on the yuoth, SMI Chairman: SMI is the party of action, not of words

The chairman of the Socialist Movement for Integration, Petrit Vasili, held a meeting with the youth in Vorë today, where he declared that the SMI has always been the party of action and not of words. The SMI chairman emphasized …

Political crisis, Sources say the parties are about to reach an agreement

The Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha held two meetings with his allies and the former Prime Minister Sali Berisha today. Sources say that the proposals to come out of the crisis and to enter the elections have been on focus …

Agrarian party, Duka hopes an agreement will be reached between the parties

The chairman of the Agrarian Party, Agron Duka has expressed his conviction that there will be a postponement of the election date. During the meeting of the assembly of the Agrarian party, Mr. Duka emphasized that the important thing is …

Justice in chaos, Implementation of judicial reform is facing with difficulties

Even though the judicial reform received 140 votes in favor, it is facing with difficulties for its implementation. The chairwoman of the commission of laws, Vasilika Hysi has accused a part of the judges and prosecutors of resisting the reform’s …

The SMI candidates, Meta in Vlore: We should have more trust in the youth

During a meeting with the Socialist Movement for Integration supporters in Vlore, where the candidates for MPs were presented, the assembly speaker Ilir Meta emphasized that the youth should take the politics in their hands in Albania, saying: “We should …

Meetings with the youth, Tahiri: Let’s end the generation of the old politics

During a meeting with the voters for the first time in administrative unit number 5, the chairman of Socialist Party for Tirana, Saimir Tahiri, Tirana’s Mayor Erion Veliaj, and the Socialist MP Pandeli Majko, appealed to the youth to massively …

A 15 year old girl died, Blerta Pepa died after a medical intervention in her knee

A young girl, Blerta Pepa has died in the early hours of this morning after a surgical intervention. The 15 year old girl went through the surgical intervention because of an injury to the ligament in her knee during physical …

US diplomat in Tirane, Hoyt Brian Yee held meetings with political leaders

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. State Department, Hoyt Brian Yee, is on an official visit to Tirana. The U.S. senior official held separate meetings with Prime Minister Edi Rama, also chairman of the …

Hoyt Brian Yee with journalists: ‘We will recognize elections even without the DP’

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. State Department, Hoyt Brian Yee, held a meeting with several journalists, where he declared that the package proposed by David McAllister for the solution of the political crisis, …

Parliamentary elections, The OSCE delegation met with PM and Assembly Speaker

A delegation of the OSCE’s parliamentary assembly has arrived in Albania. The representative of the OSCE’s parliamentary assembly, Andrea Nothele and the OSCE ambassador to our country, Benrd Borchardt held separate meetings today with Prime Minister Edi Rama, the Assembly …

‘Our patience is coming to an end’, DP chairman calls on PM to pave way to a solution

Before meeting with the Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. State Department, Hoyt Brian Yee, the DP chairman called on the Prime Minister to pave the way to a solution and not to abuse the peaceful …

FM on political crisis, Bushati: DP’s real problem is the fear from justice, not elections

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati has declared that the political crisis in Albania is a “stress-test” of justice. In an interview given for “Koha Ditore”, Minister Bushati, had this to say: “The situation in Albania is a product of …

Youth’s force, Vasili: SMI is the most positive & constructive political force

Members of the Socialist Movement for Integration held a meeting with young people in Fier today. The chairman of the Socialist Movement for Integration, Petrit Vasili, declared that the SMI is the most positive and constructive political force and he …

President pays homage in Kosovo, Nishani honored the sacrifice of Kosovar heroes

The President of the Republic, Bujar Nishani, has honored the sacrifice of Kosovar fighters and patriots. The President laid wreaths at the tomb of Kosovo’s former President, Ibrahim Rugova, to the memorial of Adem Jashari and the statue of commander …

Parade, LGBTI members and supporters marched for an hour

Dozens of members from the LGBTI community and their supporters have marched for about an hour in the capital, seeking more rights. The message of the parade was that the LGBTI community will no longer remain in hiding. The representatives …

PM invites democrats to join SP, Rama: The new parliament will unblock vetting

Prime Minister Edi Rama was in Selenica today to present the Socialist Party’s candidate in the area. The Prime Minister said that June 18 will pave the way for implementation of vetting and the opening of negotiations for membership in …

Ombudsman monitored the protest, Totozani praised the behavior of protesters & police officers

The monitoring of today’s protest was conducted by the Ombudsman Igli Totozani, combined with a group of experts from both the Security Sector and the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture. They focused their attention on the behavior of …

Measures for the protest, 2,500 police officers & 2,700 volunteers engaged to maintain order

Around 2,500 state police officers were engaged to maintain order and security during the opposition’s protest. Unlike other protests, there was a higher presence of police officers outside the prime minister’s office, after some information was obtained suggesting violent actions …

DP MPs in the protest, Bregu & Topalli in support of the protesters

Two MPs known to be critical of the Democratic Party, Majlinda Bregu and Jozefina, have also joined the opposition’s protest today. When asked by an Ora News journalist about the protest, the democrat MP Topalli said that she joined to …

Opposition’s protest, DP Chairman: Elections will not be held without the opposition

The opposition held its protest today at the main boulevard. Accompanied by his wife and his young daughters, Democratic Party chairman Lulzim Basha headed towards the square outside the Prime Minister’s office, where the popular protest was held. Speaking before …

Hahn’s letter, MEPS Fleckenstein and Kukan support the statement

The letter the EU commissioner Johannes Hahn addressed to Albanian citizens yesterday, has received support from members of European Parliament, Knut Fleckenstein and Eduard Kukan. Mr. Fleckenstein, who together with David McAllister, negotiated and served as mediator between the parties …

OSCE’s call: ‘No space for violence in the Albania of 2017’

A day before the opposition’s protest, the OSCE has issued an appeal for a peaceful protest. the OSCE presence in Albania writes on twitter: “The right to gather in a peaceful way is one of the foundations of democracy. There …

DP chairman’s message, Basha: Tomorrow we start the foundation of the new republic

Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha invited all citizens to participate in tomorrow’s opposition protest, declaring that tomorrow starts the journey for the foundation of what he calls ‘the new republic”. Speaking from the protesters’ tent, the DP chairman said that …

May 13th of the ‘new republic’, DP has announced a massive protest after 84 days of protesting

After 84 days of protesting outside the Prime Minister’s office, the opposition has called a massive protest tomorrow at midday, at the boulevard before the Prime Minister’s office. The massive protest is an escalation of the opposition’s stance and it …