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Ilir Meta

Ilir Meta

His Excellency
Ilir Meta
Ilir Meta
 
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7th President of Albania
Incumbent
Assumed office
24 July 2017
Prime Minister Edi Rama
Preceded by Bujar Nishani
31st Prime Minister of Albania
In office
29 October 1999 – 22 February 2002
President Rexhep Meidani
Preceded by Pandeli Majko
Succeeded by Pandeli Majko
41st Speaker of Parliament
In office
10 September 2013 – 24 July 2017
Preceded by Jozefina Topalli
Succeeded by Valentina Leskaj Acting
47th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
17 September 2009 – 17 September 2010
Prime Minister Sali Berisha
Preceded by Lulzim Basha
Succeeded by Edmond Haxhinasto
In office
31 July 2002 – 18 July 2003
Prime Minister Fatos Nano
Preceded by Arta Dade
Succeeded by Luan Hajdaraga (Acting)
 
Personal details
Born (1969-03-24) 24 March 1969 
Skrapar, Albania
Political party Socialist Party (1990–2004)
Socialist Movement

for Integration (2004–2017)
Independent (2017–present)

Spouse(s) Monika Kryemadhi

Ilir Meta (Albanian pronunciation: [iliɾ mɛta]😉 is an Albanian diplomat and politician who has served as President of Albania since 24 July 2017. Previously he served as Prime Minister from 1999 to 2002 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2003 and again from 2009 to 2010. He was Chairman of the Parliament of Albania from 2013 to 2017. Meta also held positions as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Trade and Energy. Prior to that, he held the Chairmanship of the Parliamentary Commission of European Integration. Meta founded the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI) in 2004.

On 28 April 2017 he was elected as President of Albania, receiving 87 votes from the 140 Members of Parliament.

Early life and education

Ilir Meta was born on 24 March 1969 in Çorovodë, Skrapar. He graduated at the Faculty of Economy and Politics branch of the University of Tirana, where he also pursued his post-graduate studies. He is fluent in Albanian, English and Italian.

Meta is a Muslim Bektashi and declares his adherence to traditional Bektashian values. Meta has been married to Monika Kryemadhi since October 1998. They have two daughters and a son, Bora, Era and Besar.

Political career

Meta has been engaged in politics since 1990 after the collapse of the communist regime in Albania as an active participant in the students movement against communism, which brought political pluralism in Albania. Since 1992 he has been elected Member of Parliament in all legislatures and has been an active member of several Parliamentary Commissions. From 1996 to 1997 he was Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission of Parliament. From October 1998 to October 1999, Ilir Meta was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Coordination, as well as State Secretary for European Integration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in March–October 1998.

In 2004, Meta left the Socialist Party of Albania (PS) and founded its own party, the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI). From 2004 to 2006, Meta was nominated as a member of the International Commission on the Balkans, chaired by the former Prime Minister of Italy, Giuliano Amato. The Commission drafted a series of important recommendations towards the integration of the Western Balkan countries into the European Union.

1999 – 2002

Meta became Prime Minister on 29 October 1999. He was the youngest person to serve as Albanian Prime Minister. Following the 2001 parliamentary election, he initially remained Prime Minister. The President of Albania, Rexhep Meidani, approved the Government of Albania on 7 September 2001. Five days afterward, the government gave a vote of confidence to Meta’s Cabinet. However, it took almost three months for the new cabinet to be formed. On 29 January 2002, Meta announced his resignation as Prime Minister due to party infighting between the Socialist Party leader Fatos Nano and himself. Pandeli Majko was elected as Prime Minister on 22 February 2002.

During this period, Albania engaged in a range of important reforms, joining the Stabilization and Association Process with the European Union.

2009 – 2017

With the formation of the new government led by Democratic Party chairman Sali Berisha, Meta became the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the same time. He was an early and strong campaigner for the visa-free with the Schengen Area, which was accomplished in 2010 to the benefit of all citizens of Albania. He remains one of the strongest campaigners and advocates of regional and European integration for all countries of the Western Balkans, as a means to further strengthen stability and peace in the region.

In 2011, Meta served as the Minister of Economy, Trade and Energy in the centre-right government of Sali Berisha, whose Democratic Party of Albania, the LSI joined after the 2009 parliamentary election.

In the run-up to the eighth multi-party elections held in 2013, Meta and the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI) left the coalition with the Democratic Party (PD) established in 2009, in order to transfer over to the Socialist Party (PS). The result of the elections was a victory for the Alliance for a European Albania containing with LSI led by the PS and its leader, Edi Rama. On 10 September 2013, Parliament elected Meta as Chairman of Parliament by a vote of 91 to 45.

Presidency

On 28 April 2017, Meta was elected President of the Republic of Albania at the fourth ballot with 87 votes out of 140. He took office in 24 July 2017.

Awards

In March 2012, Meta received “Most Positive Personality for 2010 in Foreign Policy” award by International Institute “IFIMES” in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The award was presented to Meta by former President of Croatia, Stjepan Mesic, which was at the same time the Honorary President of IFIMES.

Meta was praised as the most positive political personality for 2010, when he served as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister for his positive and concrete contribution in exercising the foreign policy of Albania and for his personal and institutional influence in strengthening good regional and neighborly relations amongst the countries of the Balkans. The institute praised Meta’s vision at the head of Albanian diplomacy as a political personality with a regional weight and with a clear purpose to create a more open, positive and integrated region.

Personel Life

He was honored by several cities and regions of Albania with the title “Honorary Citizen”.

Ilir Meta speaks Albanian, English and Italian.

Ilir Meta is married to Monika Kryemadhi and they have three children, Bora, Besar and Era.(Taken from Wikipedia and NATO)

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