Cabinet of Albania

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Cabinet of Albania
Këshilli i Ministrave
Kabineti i Kryeministrit.svg
Established 4 December 1912
State Republic of Albania
Leader Prime Minister
Appointed by President
Main organ Council of Ministers
Responsible to Parliament of Albania
Headquarters Dëshmorët e Kombit Boulevard, Tirana
Website Official Website

The Cabinet of Albania (Albanian: Kabineti i Shqipërisë), officially the Cabinet of the Republic of Albania (Albanian: Kabineti i Republikës së Shqipërisë), or Council of Ministers (Albanian: Këshilli i Ministrave) is the executive branch and constitutes the Government of Albania. The Cabinet is led by the Prime Minister of Albania. The prime minister is nominated by the President of Albania from among those candidates, who enjoy majority support in the Parliament of Albania; the candidate is then chosen by the Parliament.[1] In the absence of the prime minister, the Deputy Prime Minister of Albania takes over his functions. There are 19 other government members, serving as deputy prime ministers, government ministers or both; they are chosen by the prime minister and confirmed by the Parliament.

As of April 2017, after a reshuffle, 50% of the cabinet ministers are females.

The Parliament of Albania must give final approval of the composition of the cabinet. The Cabinet is responsible for carrying out both foreign and domestic policies. It directs and controls the activities of the ministries and other state bodies.[2]



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

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


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.


During the mandate many minister were changed. Following a 2017 Albanian opposition protest which lasted three months, from February to May 2017, an agreement was reached with the opposition to create a caretaker government with technocrats. On May 22, the majority in the Parliament voted the new caretaker government, which consisted of 6 technocrat ministers and a vice-prime minister, proposed by the opposition.[3]

Incumbent Cabinet[edit]


Department Office Incumbent Party Predecessor 2013-2017
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Prime Minister of Albania
Kryeministri i Shqipërisë
Edi Rama PS none
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Deputy Prime Minister of Albania
Zëvëndëskryeministri i Shqipërisë
Ledina Mandia Independent Niko Peleshi
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministri i Punëve të Jashtme
Ditmir Bushati PS none
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Minister of Internal Affairs
Ministri i Punëve të Brendshme
Dritan Demiraj Independent Saimir Tahiri
Fatmir Xhafaj
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Minister of Health
Ministri i Shëndetësisë
Arben Beqiraj Independent Ilir Beqaj
Olgerta Manastirliu
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Minister of Defence
Ministrja e Mbrojtjes
Mimi Kodheli PS none
Ministria e Integrimit Europian.svg
Minister of European Integration
Ministrja e Integrimit Europian
Klajda Gjosha LSI none
Ministria e Financave.svg
Minister of Finance
Ministri i Financave
Helga Vukaj Independent Shkëlqim Cani
Arben Ahmetaj
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Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Enterprise
Ministrja e Zhvillimit Ekonomik, Turizmit, Tregtisë dhe Sipërmarrjes
Milva Ekonomi PS Arben Ahmetaj
Minister of Justice
Ministri i Drejtësisë
Gazment Bardhi Independent Nasip Naço
Ylli Manjani
Petrit Vasili
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Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
Ministri i Transportit dhe Infrastrukturës
Sokol Dervishaj LSI Edmond Haxhinasto
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Minister of Education and Sport
Ministrja e Arsimit dhe Sportit
Mirela Karabino Independent Lindita Nikolla
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Minister of Social Welfare and Youth
Ministri i Mirëqenies Sociale dhe Rinisë
Xhulieta Kertusha Independent Blendi Klosi
Erion Veliaj
Olta Xhaçka
Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Management
Ministri i Bujqësisë, Zhvillimit Rural dhe Administrimit të Ujërave
Edmond Panariti LSI none
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Minister of Energy and Industry
Ministri i Energjisë
Damian Gjiknuri PS none
Ministria e Zhvillimit Urban.svg
Minister of Urban Development
Ministrja e Zhvillimit Urban
Eglantina Gjermeni PS none
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Minister of Culture
Ministrja e Kulturës
Mirela Kumbaro Independent none
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Minister of Environment
Ministri i Mjedisit
Lefter Koka LSI none
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Minister for Innovation and Public Administration
Ministrja e Inovacionit dhe Administratës Publike
Milena Harito PS none
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Minister of State for Relations with Parliament
Ministrja e Shtetit për Marrëdhëniet me Parlamentin
Ermonela Felaj PS Ilirjan Celibashi
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Minister of State for Local Governance
Ministri i Shtetit për Çështjet Vendore
Eduard Shalsi PS Bledi Çuçi

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  1. ^ "1998 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA". p. 19. At the beginning of a legislature, as well as when the position of Prime Minister is vacant, the President of the Republic appoints the Prime Minister on the proposal of the party or coalition of parties that has the majority of seats in the Assembly. 
  2. ^ "Albania (03/99)". US Department of State. Retrieved 29 March 2015.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^