Er kandidierte erfolglos gegen den Amtsinhaber Fatos Nano als Parteivorsitzenden. Am In den ersten Tagen seiner Amtszeit erfolgten einige Regierungsentscheide. Danach folgte unter anderem die Neuverteilung der Regierungsaufgaben auf die verschiedenen Ministerien. Danach ging er am
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Political career[ edit ] During one of his trips back to Albania in January , Rama suffered a physical assault. As a Minister, Rama immediately became known for his extravagance in a variety of ways, including his unique colorful dressing style. His innovative cultural projects, coupled with his strange clothing and rebellious political style, helped him reach a great level of support especially among young people.
Rama was awarded the inaugural World Mayor Prize in Now there is a new Tirana, colored, happy, with a new and improved infrastructure and cultural life". He planted thousands of new trees, making Tirana a much more environment-friendly city.
Rama also expanded the existing roads and paved new ones, improving mobility. According to a UNDP report  Rama played a critical role in the modernization of the local government, empowering municipalities and giving them, for the first time real power to impact the life of their communities.
In , Rama decided to run for a fourth term in office. The initial count saw Rama ahead by 10 votes. With all ballots counted Lulzim Basha won the race by 81 votes. Leader of the opposition —13 [ edit ] Having previously run as an independent in , Edi Rama only registered as a Socialist in Later that year he announced a bid for the chairmanship of the Party. He received 41 votes, Rexhep Meidani received 61, while Fatos Nano was reelected with votes.
In the subsequent election for the chairmanship of the Party, Edi Rama defeated Rexhep Meidani to and became the Chairman of the Socialist Party. In his earlier attempts to regain control in the Parliament , he tried to frame himself as a political outsider. Despite criticism and protests from President Bamir Topi and MPs from the Socialist Movement for Integration and other smaller political parties, the amendments were passed in the Parliament with a super-majority.
Demands by Edi Rama and the Socialists for a recount in the district of Fier were rejected by courts amidst criticism about the judges impartiality. The elections narrow defeat prompted Rama to continue his mandate as Chairman of the Socialist Party. The Socialist Party opted for a hardcore dispute of the newly elected government by boycotting parliamentary debates for months and staging a hunger strike to prompt for domestic and foreign attention to the situation.
On 21 January , clashes broke out between police and protesters in an anti-government rally in front of the Government building in Tirana. Four people were shot dead from government special forces. His platform, nicknamed "Renaissance"  was based on four pillars: European integration, economic revitalization, restoration of the public order and democratization of the state institutions.
During the electoral campaign, Rama stated that the return of public order was his number one priority. The police earned international acclaim when in undertook a highly successful operation on Lazarat , a remote village in the south of the country, known for the production of narcotics. In November , the European Union stated that a successful implementation of vetting law remains the sole criteria to fulfill before opening accession talks.
Unemployment has been reduced steadily, thanks to Furthermore, with Other important reforms include the administrative reform, the social welfare and pension system reform, and the reform in higher education. Internationally, Rama is pursuing a historical reconciliation policy between Albanians and Serbs and his visit in Belgrade , in was the first visit of an Albanian Prime Minister in Serbia in over 70 years.
The Socialist Party led by Rama participated at the parliamentary elections on 25 June One day after, partial results suggested that the Socialist Party had won a majority. In the first six months of , the investments summed up to 40 million euros. The opposition has accused the government and especially Rama for favoring concession contracts to his friends and relatives, prompting to a substantial continuation of the political traditions across the parliament spectrum.
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