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President of Albania


Bamir TopiBamir Topi

Date of Birth: 24 April 1957
Birth Place: Tirana, Albania
Political Party: Independent
Arrival in Power: 24 July 2007
Religion: Catholic
Profession: Biologist

Biography:


Bamir Topi was born in 1957, he obtained a Doctor of Medicine in veterinary studies from the Agricultural University of Tirana. He held several political positions before becoming president in 2007.


Bamir Topi is a strong supporter of an independent Kosovo, he voiced his opinion on the subject at several regional meetings and has visited the new country in 2009.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamir_Topi
http://www.president.al/english/pub/presidenti.asp

Updated on: 30 November, 2011

 

Prime Minister of Albania


Sali BerishaSali Berisha

Date of Birth: 15 October 1944
Birth Place: Tropoje, Albania
Political Party: Democratic Party
Arrival in Power: 11 September 2005
Religion: Atheist
Profession: Cardiac Surgeon

Biography:


Sali Berish was born in Tropoje, Albania in 1944. Before entering politics he studied medicine in Tirana, he eventually became a doctor and a leading researcher in the field of cardiology. He had several of his studies published in prestigious medical journals and magazines. Sali Berisha was elected President of Albania in the first free election in Albanian history in 1992. During his tenure, he engaged intense reforms, notably the complete privatization of the economy, except for certain large businesses. Due to severe corruption and government inaction over ponzi schemes he lost the elections in 1997. He became Prime Minister in 2005, in 2007 he met with George W. Bush in Tirana, the first American President to ever visit Albania. In 2009 Berisha was re-elected as Prime Minister in a controversial election.



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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sali_Berisha
http://www.president.al/english/pub/saliberisha.asp

Updated on: November 30, 2011