Cabinet of Albania

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Cabinet of Albania
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Council of Ministers in Tirana
Highest Department overview
Formed 4 December 1912
Jurisdiction Albania
Headquarters Dëshmorët e Kombit Boulevard, Tirana
Minister responsible
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The Cabinet of Albania, also known as Council of Ministers (Albanian: Këshilli i Ministrave) is the executive branch of Albania. The Chairman of the Council (Prime Minister) is appointed by the President; ministers are nominated by the President on the basis of the Prime Minister's recommendation. The Assembly of Albania must give final approval of the composition of the Council. The Council is responsible for carrying out both foreign and domestic policies. It directs and controls the activities of the ministries and other state organs.[1]


The Council is responsible to the Parliament of Albania. The Parliament may choose to pass a motion of censure forcing the Council of Ministers to resign. This has the effect of forcing the Government to be composed of members from the majority political party in the Assembly or to be allied to the majority in a coalition. Ministers are required to answer written or oral questions put to them by members of Parliament, known as Government questions. In addition, ministers attend sessions of the Parliament when laws concerning their assigned sectors and departmental portfolios are under consideration.

Cabinet ministers cannot propose legislation without parliamentary approval. Ministers can however propose bills to Parliament and any such legislation is generally very likely to pass. On occasion, the majority opinion in Parliament may differ significantly from those of the executive, resulting in a large number of riders.

The Cabinet plays a major role in determining the agenda of the Parliament. It can propose laws and amendments during parliamentary sessions. It also has a number of procedures at its disposal to expedite parliamentary deliberations.


Council members are subdivided into three substantial ranks, along with one honorary rank:

  • Prime Minister
  • Deputy Prime Minister/s
  • Ministers — highest-ranking members of the Government
  • Deputy ministers (Zëvëndësministër) — assist ministers in specialized areas of their portfolio
  • General Secretaries (Sekretari i Përgjithshëm) — assist ministers in less important areas and occasionally attend sessions of the Council of Ministers.

Incumbent Cabinet[edit]

Main article: Rama Government


Department Office Incumbent Party Image
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Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama PS Edi Rama.jpg
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Deputy Prime Minister of Albania Niko Peleshi PS
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati PS
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Minister of Interior Affairs Saimir Tahiri PS
Minister of Health Ilir Beqaj PS
Minister of Defence Mimi Kodheli PS
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Minister of European Integration Klajda Gjosha LSI
Minister of Finance Shkëlqim Cani PS
Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Entrepreneurship Arben Ahmetaj PS
Minister of Justice Ylli Manjani LSI
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Edmond Haxhinasto LSI
Minister of Education and Sport Lindita Nikolla PS
Minister of Social Welfare and Youth Blendi Klosi PS
Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Management Edmond Panariti LSI
Minister of Energy and Industry Damian Gjiknuri PS
Minister of Urban Development Eglantina Gjermeni PS
Minister of Cultural Affairs Mirela Kumbaro (Furxhi) Independent
Minister of Environment Lefter Koka LSI
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Minister of State for Public Administration and Innovation Milena Harito PS
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Minister of State for Relations with Parliament Ermonela Felaj PS
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Minister of State for Local Government Bledi Çuçi PS

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  1. ^ "Albania (03/99)". US Department of State. Retrieved 29 March 2015.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.