Socialist Party of Albania

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
Social democracy[1]
Social liberalism[2]
Political position Centre-left
International affiliation Socialist international
European affiliation Party of European Socialists (Associate)
Official colours Rose, Green
National Assembly
66 / 140
35 / 65
103 / 309
Politics of Albania
Political parties

The Socialist Party of Albania (Albanian: Partia Socialiste e Shqipërisë), is a centre-left, social democratic[1]and socially liberal[2] 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).[3] 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.[4] Fatos Nano a man from the intelligencia was elected its first Chairman.[5] 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.[2] 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.[citation needed] 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

District District capital Capital's municipal council percentage
Berat District Berat 33,45 %
Bulqizë District Bulqizë 11.17 %
Delvinë District Delvinë 17.61 %
Devoll District Bilisht 19.09 %
Dibër District Peshkopi 20.58 %
Durrës District Durrës 38.07 %
Elbasan District Elbasan 35.37 %
Fier District Fier 42.75 %
Gjirokastër District Gjirokastër 32.42 %
Gramsh District Gramsh 16.11 %
Has District Krumë 7.82 %
Kavajë District Kavajë 25.64 %
Kolonjë District Ersekë 32.15 %
Korçë District Korçë 39.02 %
Krujë District Krujë 9.80 %
Kuçovë District Kuçovë 39.89 %
Kukës District Kukës 6.03 %
Kurbin District Laç 27.35 %
Lezhë District Lezhë 12.45 %
Librazhd District Librazhd 15.89 %
Lushnjë District Lushnjë 40.27 %
Malësi e Madhe District Koplik 12.63 %
Mallakastër District Ballsh 33.79 %
Mat District Burrel 18.17 %
Mirditë District Rrëshen 8.79 %
Peqin District Peqin 12.70 %
Përmet District Përmet 10.88 %
Pogradec District Pogradec 28.26 %
Pukë District Pukë 5.77 %
Sarandë District Sarandë 30.36 %
Shkodër District Shkodër 17.02 %
Skrapar District Çorovodë 22.21 %
Tepelenë District Tepelenë 34.31 %
Tropojë District Bajram Curri 9.91 %
Vlorë District Vlorë 39.98 %


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