HISTORIC FIRST: Women form the majority of new Albanian government

HISTORIC FIRST: Women form the majority of new Albanian government 1

Women form the majority of new Albanian government formed by Prime Minister Edi Rama after announcing the composition of his cabinet last Thursday.

Prime Minister Edi Rama appointed women in 12 of the 16 ministerial posts, a number that is historical record for the country.

Eight of the 12 ministries of the new government will be headed by women and only four by men, while all four ministers without portfolio are women. Four of the 16 ministers are novice politicians, while the rest had political careers.

Arben Ahmetaj, a former finance minister, has been appointed deputy prime minister. Olta Xhacka, Niko Peleshi, Blendi Cuci Belinda Balluku, Ogerta Manastirliu, Evis Kushi and Elva Margariti were appointed to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Interior, Infrastructure, Health and Education and Culture respectively.

Delina Ibrahimi, former director of the Tax Directorate, took over the Finance portfolio, while Frida Krifca, former head of the Agriculture and Rural Development Organization – the main body of agricultural subsidies – became Minister of Agriculture.

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