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Albania’s new president, Ilir Meta, takes office

Ilir Meta; Photo: Albanian Parliament

TIRANA – Albania’s new President Ilir Meta formally took the post during an extraordinary session of parliament.

Meta vowed to abide by the country’s Constitution and the laws, respect the citizens’ rights and freedoms, defend the independence of Albania and serve the interest of the Albanian people.

In his speech, Meta put emphasis on political dialogue, stressing he would remain “unwavering loyal supporter of dialogue and consensus as the only successful way of politics that builds communication and unification among citizens.”

Meta vowed “to work ceaselessly for the Albanian democratic society to consolidate its fundamental values and rights.”

“I am convinced Albania has all potential and the resources. I am convinced of our untapped opportunities to ensure the country’s stability, national security and a more sustainable economic growth,” Meta concluded.

Meta has been parliament speaker and leader of the junior governing party, the Socialist Movement for Integration, or LSI. Elected by the parliament in April, he gave up the party post to his wife, Monika Kryemadhi.

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