Gazmend Oketa

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Gazmend Oketa
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Oketa at the Pentagon in 2008
Minister of Defence
In office
March 22, 2008 (2008-03-22) – September 17, 2009 (2009-09-17)
President Bamir Topi
Prime Minister Sali Berisha
Preceded by Fatmir Mediu
Succeeded by Arben Imami
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
March 12, 2007 (2007-03-12) – 2008
President Alfred Moisiu
Bamir Topi
Prime Minister Sali Berisha
Preceded by Ilir Rusmajli
Personal details
Born (1968-12-14) 14 December 1968 (age 48)
Nationality Albanian
Political party Democratic Party (until 30 May 2012)
New Democratic Spirit (from 30 May 2012)

Gazmend Oketa (born 14 December 1968 in Durrës District, Albania) is an Albanian politician. He served as Deputy Prime Minister of Albania, as well as Minister of Defence.

Political career[edit]

On 12 March 2007, Oketa was named Deputy Prime Minister, prelacing Ilir Rusmajli.[1] On 22 March 2008, Oketa succeeded Fatmir Mediu as Minister Of Defence following Medihu's resignation. He was replaced on 17 September 2009 by Arben Imami.

On 30 May 2012, Oketa formed a new political party in Albania, New Democratic Spirit, alongside other Democratic Party politicians.[2] Albanian media called it "The Party of President" referring to Bamir Topi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Key Transitions". Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy. 35 (3): 17. 2007. 
  2. ^ "New Party To Challenge Berisha". Emerging Europe Monitor: South East Europe (Report). BMI Research. July 2012. p. 10. 

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