Bujar Nishani

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Bujar Nishani
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President of Albania
Incumbent
Assumed office
24 July 2012
Prime Minister Sali Berisha
Edi Rama
Preceded by Bamir Topi
Minister of the Interior
In office
25 April 2011 – 12 June 2012
Prime Minister Sali Berisha
Preceded by Lulzim Basha
Succeeded by Flamur Noka
In office
20 March 2007 – 17 September 2009
Prime Minister Sali Berisha
Preceded by Gjergj Lezhja (Acting)
Succeeded by Lulzim Basha
Minister of Justice
In office
17 September 2009 – 25 April 2011
Prime Minister Sali Berisha
Preceded by Enkelejd Alibeaj
Succeeded by Eduard Halimi
Personal details
Born (1966-09-29) 29 September 1966 (age 47)
Durrës, Albania
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Odeta Kosova
Children Ersi
Fiona
Alma mater Skanderbeg Military University
University of Tirana
Religion Bektashi Islam
Website Official website

Bujar Faik Nishani (born 29 September 1966; Albanian pronunciation: [buˌjaɹ niˈʃani]) is an Albanian politician who has been President of Albania since July 2012. At the time of his election, Nishani was a member of the Democratic Party of Albania, an MP, and the Minister of Interior. Constitutionally he had to resign all three posts due to his election as President. The Albanian Parliament elected Nishani as President with a simple majority of 73 votes out of 140, without consensus from the opposition.

Personal life and education[edit]

Bujar Nishani was born in Durrës, Albania on 29 September 1966. In 1988, he graduated from the Military Academy "Skënderbej". In 1996, he followed his master studies in San Antonio, Texas and California. In 2004, he graduated at the Law Faculty of University of Tirana. He completed his master in European studies.[1] Nishani suffers from a disorder affecting his locomotor system. He is unable to move his left arm and leg, which has resulted in controversy regarding his physical ability to serve as a president.[2]

Politics[edit]

Bujar Nishani joined the Democratic Party of Albania in 1991, after the fall of communism. He worked as chief of foreign relations in the Ministry of Defense and then as head of the office of NATO relations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1996, he was appointed as Minister of Defense.[1]

After the Democratic Party lost the 1997 parliamentary election, he lost his office and became chairman of the NGO for Euro-Atlantic Army[clarification needed]. In 2001 he was elected general secretary of the DP's[clarification needed] branch in Tirana and in 2004 member of the Tirana city council.[1]

He won the 2005 election in the 34th electoral zone in the capital against the Minister of Police and Security, Igli Toska. After leading the National Security Parliamentary Commission he was nominated as Minister of the Interior by Prime Minister Sali Berisha, and in September 2009, after a second electoral victory he was nominated as Minister of Justice.[1] In 2011 he replaced Lulzim Basha as Minister of the Interior.[3]

On 12 June 2012, after winning the presidential election, Nishani resigned as Minister of Interior.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Nishani is married to Odeta Nishani and has 2 children. He is a Bektashi Muslim.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • MP page at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly
Political offices
Preceded by
Gjergj Lezhja
Acting
Minister of the Interior
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Lulzim Basha
Preceded by
Enkelejd Alibeaj
Minister of Justice
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Eduard Halimi
Preceded by
Lulzim Basha
Minister of the Interior
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Flamur Noka
Preceded by
Bamir Topi
President of Albania
2012–present
Incumbent