Bujar Nishani

Bujar Faik Nishani Albanian pronunciation: [buˌjaɹ niˈʃani] has been President of Albania since July 2012.

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Country of ResidenceAlbania
Date of Birth1966-09-29
NationalityAlbania
Place Of BirthDurrës
TitleHead of State

Bujar Faik Nishani Albanian pronunciation: [buˌjaɹ niˈʃani])(born 29 September 1966) has been President of Albania since July 2012. At the time of his election, Nishani was a member of the Democratic Party of Albania, an MP, and the Minister of Interior. Constitutionally he had to resign all three posts due to his election as President. The Albanian Parliament elected Nishani as President with a simple majority of 73 votes out of 140, without consensus from the opposition.

Personal life and education

Bujar Nishani was born in Durrës, Albania. In 1988 he finished the Military Academy "Skënderbej". In 1996 he followed his master studies in San Antonio, Texas and California. In 2004 he graduated at the Law Faculty of University of Tirana. He completed his master in European Studies.[1] He is married to Odeta Nishani and has 2 children.

Politics

Bujar Nishani joined the Democratic Party of Albania in 1991, after the fall of communism. He worked as chief of foreign relations in the Ministry of Defense and then as head of the office of NATO relations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1996 he returned as the cabinet member of the Ministry of Defense.[1]

After the Democratic Party lost the 1997 parliamentary election, he lost the job and became chairman of the NGO for Euro-Atlantic Military[clarification needed]. In 2001 he was elected general secretary of the DP's[clarification needed] branch in Tirana and in 2004 member of the Tirana city council.[1]


He won the 2005 election in the 34th electoral zone in the capital against the Minister of Police and Security, Igli Toska. After leading the National Security Parliamentary Commission he was nominated as Minister of the Interior by Prime Minister Sali Berisha, and in September 2009, after a second electoral victory he was nominated as Minister of Justice.[1] In 2011 he replaced Lulzim Basha as Minister of the Interior.[2]

On 12 June 2012, after winning the presidential election, Nishani resigned as Minister of Interior.[3]