Bujar Nishani

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His Excellency
Bujar Nishani
Bujar Nishani at meeting with Michael Spindelegger.jpg
6th President of Albania
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 50)
Durrës, Albania
Nationality Albanian
Political party Democratic Party, Independent (2012-)
Spouse(s) Odeta Kosova
Children Ersi
Alma mater Skanderbeg Military University
Naval Postgraduate School
University of Tirana
Religion Bektashi
Website Official website
Nishani meets with John Kerry during his official visit in Tirana, 14 February 2016
Nishani meets with the Polish PM Beata Szydło in Tirana, 9 December 2016

Bujar Nishani (former Bujar Mehmeti;[1] born 29 September 1966; Albanian pronunciation: [buˌjaɹ niˈʃani]) is an Albanian politician, the sixth and current 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 "Skanderbej". In 1996, he followed his master studies in the United States at the Naval Postgraduate School.[2] In 2004, he graduated at the Law Faculty of University of Tirana. He completed his master in European studies.[3]


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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3] In 2011 he replaced Lulzim Basha as Minister of the Interior.[4]

On 12 June 2012, after winning the presidential election, Nishani resigned as Minister of the Interior.[5] He was sworn in as President in front of the Parliament of Albania on 24 July 2012.


During his Presidency Nishani focused on the European integration process of the country and global challenges affecting Albania like the immigrant crisis or combating Islamic extremism and radicalization.

During his last addressing to the United Nations on September 2016 at the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly he said that his country would address these global challenges in close cooperation with other actors. Its actions would include increasing humanitarian aid, ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change and implementing all commitments in the security realm.[6]

During most State visits abroad Mr. Nishani's policy was maximally oriented towards strengthening good-neighborly relations, citing its support for Kosovo’s participation in all multilateral regional and international activities.[7]

Presidential Visits[edit]

Date Countries Places visited Narrative
30 August 2012  Kosovo Pristina and Prizren State visit in Kosovo.[8]
21-28 September 2012  United States New York City 67th Session of the UN General Assembly[9]
28 December 2012  Italy Rome State visit in Italy[10]
17 February 2013  Kosovo Pristina Celebrations on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Independence of Kosovo.[11][12]
12–13 June 2013  Slovakia Bratislava 18th Central Europe Summit of Heads of State in Bratislava[13][14]
19-20 June 2013  Israel Jerusalem and Karmiel State visit in Israel[15]
1 July 2013  Croatia Zagreb Celebration in Zagreb on the occasion of the entry of Croatia into the European Union[16][17][18]
24-28 September 2013  United States New York City 68th Session of the UN General Assembly[19][20]
25 June 2014  Romania Bucharest The Summit of Heads of States of the member countries of SEECP[21]
24-26 August 2014  Austria Alpbach Meeting of the European Forum Alpbach[22]
28 August 2014  Turkey Ankara The swearing-in ceremony of the new Head of State of Turkey[23]
24-26 September 2014  United States New York City 69th Session of the UN General Assembly[24]
27 October 2014  Slovenia Ljubjana State visit in Slovenia[25]
22-24 March 2015  Montenegro Podgorica, Ulcinj, Tuzi State visit in Montenegro[26]
8-9 April 2015  Italy Calabria State visit on the centers inhabited by Arbëresh population in Calabria[27]
25 April 2015  Turkey Istanbul Peace summit begins in Istanbul to commemorate Battle of Gallipoli centennial[28]
8 June 2015  Montenegro Budva Brdo-Brijuni Process summit[29]
6 October 2015  Bulgaria Sofia State visit in Bulgaria.[30]
29 November 2015  France Paris United nations conference on climate change[31]
24 February 2016  Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo State visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[32]
28 April 2016  Belgium Brussels Summit of NATO member states[33]
9 May 2016  Croatia Zagreb State visit in Croatia.[34]
1 July 2016  Austria Vienna The Crans Montana Forum in Vienna[35][36]
23-25 September 2016  United States New York City and Chicago 71st Session of the UN General Assembly[37]
5 October 2016  Jordan Amman State visit in Jordan[38]
11 October 2016  Italy Rome Meeting with Albanian immigrants in Italy.[39]
7 November 2016  Sovereign Military Order of Malta Rome, Palazzo Malta Official visit in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta[40]
29 November 2016  Turkey Istanbul Bosphorus Summit in Istanbul [41]
2 December 2016  Belgium Brussels Brussels conference on Albania’s Communist-era crimes [42][43]
18 December 2016  Germany Berlin The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy [44][45]
21 - 22 December 2016  Turkey Ankara and Istanbul State Visit in Turkey [46][47][48]
07 March 2017  Serbia Presevo and Bujanovac The first visit of an Albanian head of state to Serbia, since Communist the visit of dictator Enver Hoxha in 1948. Nishani visited Bujanovac and Presevo, two municipalities in the south of Serbia where the majority of citizens are ethnic Albanians.[49][50]
16 - 17 March 2017  Azerbaijan Baku Visited Baku to attend 5th Global Baku Forum[51] [52]

Personal life[edit]

Nishani is married to Odeta Nishani and has 2 children. He was born into a secular Bektashi Muslim family.

Awards and honors[edit]

National honors[edit]

Foreign Honors[edit]


  2. ^ https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/event/albania-and-western-balkans-european-future
  3. ^ a b c d Official biography Archived 11 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ (Italian) Agenzia Nova, 20 April 2011
  5. ^ Takim përshëndetës me stafin e Ministrisë së Brendshme i Z. Bujar Nishani pas zgjedhjes në postin e Presidentit të Republikës Archived 21 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine., Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Albania, 12 June 2012 (in Albanian)
  6. ^ [1] Albania H.E. Mr. Bujar Nishani, President 23 September 2016
  7. ^ [2] Albania’s President Bujar Nishani Arrives in Bulgaria on 2-Day Visit - See more at: http://www.novinite.com/articles/171162/Albania%E2%80%99s+President+Bujar+Nishani+Arrives+in+Bulgaria+on+2-Day+Visit#sthash.kyKMQnQG.dpuf
  8. ^ http://president.al/?p=1068
  9. ^ http://www.un.org/en/ga/67/meetings/
  10. ^ http://president.al/?p=5497
  11. ^ https://www.yahoo.com/news/kosovo-celebrates-5-years-independence-154751781.html?ref=gs
  12. ^ http://president.al/?p=6228
  13. ^ http://www.bratislava.mfa.gov.rs/gallerytext.php?subaction=showfull&id=1374137239&ucat=101,111,123&template=Headlines&
  14. ^ http://shqiptarja.com/news.php?IDNotizia=162075
  15. ^ http://president.al/?p=9836
  16. ^ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-23118035
  17. ^ http://shqiptarja.com/news.php?IDNotizia=164859
  18. ^ http://president.al/?p=10076
  19. ^ http://www.un.org/en/ga/68/meetings/
  20. ^ http://president.al/?p=11910
  21. ^ http://president.al/?p=18772&lang=en
  22. ^ http://president.al/?p=20330&lang=en
  23. ^ http://president.al/?p=20430&lang=en
  24. ^ http://shqiptarja.com/pdf/new/FJALA%20e%20Presidentit%20Nishani%20ne%20OKB%20-%2025%20shtator%202014.pdf
  25. ^ http://president.al/?p=21957&lang=en
  26. ^ http://president.al/?p=25794
  27. ^ http://president.al/?p=26209&lang=en
  28. ^ http://www.dailysabah.com/politics/2015/04/23/peace-summit-begins-in-istanbul-to-commemorate-battle-of-gallipoli-centennial
  29. ^ http://shqiptarja.com/news.php?IDNotizia=297774
  30. ^ http://shqiptarja.com/news.php?IDNotizia=319783
  31. ^ http://president.al/?p=30273
  32. ^ http://shqiptarja.com/news.php?IDNotizia=343707
  33. ^ http://president.al/?p=33302&lang=en
  34. ^ http://shqiptarja.com/news.php?IDNotizia=355477
  35. ^ http://www.cmf.ch/wp-content/uploads/Programme-Final-CMF-2016.pdf
  36. ^ http://shqiptarja.com/skedat/2724/fjala-e-plote-e-falenderimit-te-presidentit-te-republikes-pas-marrjes-se-cmimit-te-fondacionit-2016-nga-forumi-i-crans-montanas-363855.html
  37. ^ http://www.un.org/en/ga/71/meetings/
  38. ^ http://president.al/?p=36530
  39. ^ http://www.oranews.tv/ora-english/president-in-italy-nishani-held-a-meeting-with-albanian-immigrants/
  40. ^ a b http://president.al/?p=37150
  41. ^ http://president.al/?p=37774
  42. ^ [3] Brussels conference on Albania’s Communist-era crimes
  43. ^ [4] Presidenti Nishani në Konferencën mbi “Krimet e regjimit komunist në Shqipëri”: “Lufta e klasave, krim çnjerëzor në emër të luftës për pushtet!”
  44. ^ [5] Conference Speakers & Delegates
  45. ^ [6] Presidenti Nishani merr pjesë si i ftuar nderi dhe folës kryesor në Konferencën Vjetore të Institutit për Diplomaci Kulturore në Berlin
  46. ^ http://president.al/?p=38204
  47. ^ http://www.dailysabah.com/diplomacy/2016/12/21/pm-binali-yildirim-albanian-president-bujar-nishani-discuss-multilevel-cooperation
  48. ^ http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/erdogan-reminds-albania-to-fight-gulenists-12-22-2016
  49. ^ [7] Albanian President Makes Landmark Visit to Serbia
  50. ^ [8] Presidenti Bujar Nishani kremton 130-vjetorin e hapjes së mësonjëtores së parë shqipe dhe të Ditës së Mësuesit në Komunat e Bujanocit dhe të Preshevës
  51. ^ [9] Albanian President to attend 5th Global Baku Forum
  52. ^ [10]President: Albania, Azerbaijan focused on SGC project
  53. ^ http://president.al/?p=37032
  54. ^ Sito web del Quirinale: dettaglio decorato. Archived 30 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  55. ^ Italia-Albania, Napolitano giunto a Tirana per visita di Stato
  56. ^ http://president.al/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Revista_Presidenca_5.pdf
  57. ^ http://shqiptarja.com/Politike/2732/nishani-dekorohet-nga-homologu-bullgar-me-urdhrin---39-stara-planina--39--359127.html
  58. ^ https://www.orderofmalta.int/2016/11/07/grand-master-fra-matthew-festing-receives-president-albania-bujar-nishani-official-visit/

External links[edit]

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