Albanian parliament elects new president

Ilir Metu will be replaced as President of Albania by Bayram Begay, who previously served as Chief of the General Staff. Begay will take office on July 24 for a period of five years The Albanian Parliament has elected a new president” />

The People's Assembly of Albania (unicameral parliament) elected the former Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic, Bayram Begay, as President, Lajmi Fundit reports.

78 deputies voted for Begay's candidacy, “against”— four, one abstained. 74 votes out of 78 “for” were submitted by the ruling Socialist Party of Albania.

The press service of the current head of state reported that President Ilir Meta “follows the procedure for electing Mr. Bayram Begay as the new president of the republic.” and will respect the decision of Parliament.

Meta also congratulated on Twitter Begay on his election. The latter will take office on July 24, when the previous president's five-year term ends. Begay will also be in the presidency for five years.

In addition, the current President of Albania issued a decree on June 4 on the release of Begay from the post of Chief of the General Staff and his dismissal from active service in the Armed Forces. The decree took effect immediately.

Mehta has been in office since July 2017. From 1999 to 2002, he was Prime Minister of Albania, then he was Minister of Foreign Affairs twice: from 2002 to 2003 and from 2009 to 2010. From 2013 until his election as president, he was the speaker of the National Assembly.

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I have been running for 55 years. He graduated from the medical faculty of the largest university in Albania, the University of Tirana, after which he became a career officer. Begay has held a number of leadership positions in the Albanian Armed Forces related to medicine. In July 2020, he was appointed Chief of the General Staff.

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