- Socialist Party of Albania
Socialist Party of Albania
Partia Socialiste e Shqipërisë
Leader Edi Rama Slogan E vetmja rrugë
The only way
Founded 1991 Preceded by Party of Labor of Albania Headquarters Tirana Newspaper Zëri i Popullit Youth wing Euro-Socialist Youth Forum (Albanian: Forumi i Rinisë Eurosocialiste të Shqipërisë (FRESSH)) Ideology Democratic socialism
Political position Centre-left International affiliation Socialist international European affiliation Party of European Socialists (Associate) Official colours Rose, Green National Assembly Municipality Communes Website http://www.ps.al/ Politics of Albania
The Socialist Party of Albania (Albanian: Partia Socialiste e Shqipërisë), is a centre-left, social democraticand socially liberal political party in Albania, it is currently the leading opposition party in Albania. It seats 66 MPs in the 2009 Albanian parliament (out of a total of 140). It achieved power in 1997 after a political crisis and governmental realignment. In the 2001 General Election it secured 73 seats in the Parliament, which enabled it to form the Government. In the General Election of 3 July 2005, the Socialist Party lost its majority and the Democratic Party of Albania formed the new Government, having secured, with its allies, a majority of 81 seats.
The Albanian Labor Party during its Tenth Congress in June 1991 changed its name to the Socialist Party of Albania, and also changed its ideology from communism to social democracy. Fatos Nano a man from the intelligencia was elected its first Chairman. Nano helped to reformed the old communist party and made it a member of the Socialist International. On 1 September 2005 Nano resigned as the chairman of the Socialist Party, after losing the elections. He was succeeded by Edi Rama, who altered the party ideology to Social liberalism. The Socialist Party of Albania is a member of the Socialist International. Its newspaper is Zëri i Popullit since 1944.
Fatos Nano was the head of SPA 1991-2005. In 2005, after a defeat in the national elections, he resigned from his post. Currently, SPA's leader is Edi Rama, the mayor of Tirana. Gramoz Ruçi, former Interior Minister and well-known for his loyalty to the party, is the head of the Socialist Group, which has 64 MP's. Vice-coordinators of the group are Erjon Brace, Vasilika Hysi, Saimir Tahiri, Eduard Shalsi and Taulant Balla. Arta Dade is the party secretary for international affairs, and she is assisted by Arben Ahmetaj, Taulant Balla, Olta Xhacka, Ditmir Bushati and Qemal Minxhozi. Ahmetaj and Balla usually deal with SPA relationships with the other left parties in Europe, especially with the Greek PASOK, with whom SPA is very close. Blendi Klosi (former Culture minister and SPA organizative secretary), is also seen as a very important politician in SPA, as well as Fatmir Xhafaj (lawyer and former Justice Minister). Ben Blushi is a very interesting party official.
2011 local elections
Political parties in Albania Political parties by representation Non-Parliamentary partiesLegality Movement Party - Social Democratic Party of Albania - Social Democracy Party of Albania - Liberal Democratic Union - Environmentalist Agrarian Party - Democratic Alliance Party - Christian Democratic Party of Albania - Albanian Christian Democratic Movement - Movement for Solidarity - Communist Party of Albania - National Front
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