New President elected


At the fourth attempt the Albanian government elected a new President yesterday without the support of the opposition.

Three previous attempts had failed to secure a two thirds vote and yesterday all that was required was a simple majority in the 140 seat Assembly of the Republic of Albania.

In the end Bujar Nishani secured 73 of the 76 votes cast with the main opposition Socialist Party (PSS) abstaining.

Bujar Nishani, a member of the ruling Democratic Party of Albania (PDS), is 45 years old and has degrees in Law and European Studies. He was Minister of Justice from 2009 to 2011 and Minister of the Interior from 2011 until his election as president yesterday.

The decision to go ahead and elect a president without cross party consensus will be seen as a backward move by the European Union who have questioned the political maturity of the Albanian democratic system as the country applies for EU membership.

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