Deputy Prime Minister of Albania
Zëvëndëskryeministri i Shqipërisë
Incumbent
Arben Ahmetaj

since 18 September 2021
AppointerPresident
Inaugural holderNikollë Kaçorri
Formation29 November 1912
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Deputy Prime Ministers of Albania (Albanian: Zëvendëskryeministri i Shqipërise), officially styled the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania (Albanian: Zëvendëskryeministri i Republikës së Shqipërisë), is the deputy head of government of Albania. In the absence of the Prime Minister of Albania the Deputy Prime Minister takes over his functions, such as chairing the Cabinet of Albania and the Council of Ministers of Albania. The Office is the second senior minister of the cabinet in the executive branch of the government in the parliamentary system in the Republic of Albania.

Although Albania has always had a Deputy Prime Minister since its independence in 1912. A Prime Minister may choose not to appoint a Deputy Prime Minister. As of the Constitution of Albania, the President of Albania appoints the Deputy Prime Minister and swears before the starting duties in front of the President.[1] The Deputy Prime Minister can take the position of the acting Prime Minister, when the Prime Minister is temporarily absent or incapable of exercising its executive power. The Deputy Prime Minister is often asked to succeed to the Prime Minister's term of office, following the Prime Minister's sudden death or unexpected resignation. However, that is not necessarily mandated by the Constitution of the nation.

Officeholders (1912–present)

Since the inception of the Fourth Republic, nineteen individuals have occupied the post. The shortest-serving deputy premier was Pali Miska, lasting for 2 months between 22 December 1990 and 22 February 1991. The longest-serving Deputy Prime Minister was Niko Peleshi, who held the deputy premiership continuously from 15 September 2013 to 22 May 2017.[2] of the officeholders after the fall of communism in Albania:

No. Name
Term in office
1 Nikoll Kaçorri 4 December 1912 30 March 1913
2 Prenk Bib Doda 30 March 1913 25 December 1913
Prenk Bib Doda 25 December 1918 29 January 1920
3 Eshref Frashëri 30 January 1920 14 November 1920
4 Iljas Agushi 12 February 1943 10 September 1943
5 Myslim Peza 23 October 1944 21 March 1946
6 Koçi Xoxe 22 March 1946 1 October 1948
7 Mehmet Shehu 23 November 1948 19 July 1954
8 Spiro Koleka 17 November 1949 31 July 1953
9 Tuk Jakova 5 July 1950 31 July 1953
10 Hysni Kapo 5 July 1950 31 July 1953
11 Spiro Pano 5 July 1950 4 March 1951
12 Manush Myftiu 5 July 1950 9 April 1952
13 Gogo Nushi 6 September 1951 31 July 1953
14 Bedri Spahiu 10 April 1952 31 July 1953
15 Beqir Balluku 19 July 1954 28 October 1974
Manush Myftiu 19 July 1954 16 March 1966
Tuk Jakova 19 July 1954 21 June 1955
16 Koço Theodhosi 21 June 1955 16 March 1966
Gogo Nushi 4 June 1956 3 June 1958
Spiro Koleka 4 June 1956 16 March 1966
17 Abdyl Këllezi 4 June 1956 16 March 1966
18 Haki Toska 17 March 1966 18 November 1970
19 Adil Çarçani 17 March 1966 18 December 1981
Spiro Koleka 19 November 1970 11 November 1976
20 Xhafer Spahiu 19 November 1970 26 December 1978
Abdyl Këllezi 28 October 1974 11 November 1976
21 Petro Dode 28 October 1974 26 December 1978
Manush Myftiu 12 November 1976 7 July 1990
22 Pali Miska 12 November 1976 June 1982
23 Qirjako Mihali 27 December 1978 23 November 1982
24 Besnik Bekteshi 23 November 1982 2 February 1989
25 Hekuran Isai 20 February 1987 21 February 1991
26 Vangjel Çërrava 20 February 1987 1 February 1989
Pali Miska 2 February 1989 21 February 1991
27 Simon Stefani 2 February 1989 7 July 1990
Hekuran Isai 8 July 1990 21 February 1991
28 Fatos Nano 31 January 1991 21 February 1991
29 Shkëlqim Cani 31 January 1991 21 February 1991
Shkëlqim Cani 22 February 1991 4 June 1991
30 Gramoz Pashko 11 June 1991 6 December 1991
31 Zyhdi Pepa 11 June 1991 13 April 1992
32 Abdyl Xhaja 18 December 1991 13 April 1992
33 Bashkim Kopliku 13 April 1992 3 December 1994
34 Rexhep Uka 13 April 1992 6 August 1993
35 Dashamir Shehi 4 December 1994 10 July 1996
36 Dylber Vrioni 4 December 1994 10 July 1996
37 Tritan Shehu 11 July 1996 1 March 1997
38 Bashkim Fino 25 July 1997 28 September 1998
39 Ilir Meta 2 October 1998 25 October 1999
40 Makbule Çeço 28 October 1999 6 September 2001
41 Skënder Gjinushi 6 September 2001 25 July 2002
Ilir Meta 29 July 2002 29 December 2003
42 Ermelinda Meksi 29 July 2002 29 December 2003
43 Namik Dokle 29 December 2003 1 September 2005
44 Ilir Rusmali 9 September 2005 10 September 2009
Ilir Meta 16 September 2009 10 September 2013
45 Niko Peleshi 15 September 2013 21 May 2017
46 Ledina Mandia 22 May 2017 11 September 2017
47 Senida Mesi 13 September 2017 17 January 2019
48 Erion Braçe 17 January 2019 18 September 2021
49 Arben Ahmetaj 18 September 2021 Incumbent

See also

References

  1. ^ "KUSHTETUTA E REPUBLIKËS SË SHQIPËRISË" (PDF). wipo.int (in Albanian). p. Article 99.
  2. ^ "Qeveritë Shqiptare*". shtetiweb.org (in Albanian).