Famous Albanian Political Leaders

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Find out more about the greatest Albanian Political Leaders, including Fatmir Sejdiu, Edi Rama, Ali Pasha, Ramiz Alia and Fan S. Noli.
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Muhammad Ali of Egypt
(Ottoman Governor of Egypt)
Muhammad Ali of Egypt
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Birthdate: March 4, 1769
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kavala, Greece
Died: August 2, 1849

Muhammad Ali of Egypt was the de facto ruler of Egypt from 1805 to 1848. He was also the Albanian Ottoman governor and is considered the founder of modern Egypt. He implemented drastic reforms in the military, economic and cultural spheres in Egypt. He established the Muhammad Ali dynasty that ruled Egypt until the revolution of 1952.

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Enver Hoxha
(Former Communist Leader of Albania)
Enver Hoxha
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Birthdate: October 16, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ergiri (Gjirokastër), Janina Vilayet, Ottoman Empire
Died: April 11, 1985

Enver Hoxha was an Albanian politician. From 1944 to 1954, Hoxha served as the prime minister of Albania. He is credited with rebuilding Albania after World War II. He was also responsible for building the country's first railway line, wiping out epidemics, raising the adult literacy rate, and electrification the country.

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Edi Rama
(33rd Prime Minister of Albania )
Edi Rama
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Birthdate: July 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania

Edi Rama is an Albanian politician, writer, painter, publicist, former basketball player, and former pedagogue. He is currently serving as the prime minister of Albania. Since 2005, Rama has been serving as the Socialist Party of Albania's chairman. A football fanatic, Rama is a fan of popular football clubs, such as Juventus and FK Partizani.

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Zog of Albania
(The King of Albania Who Was Initially Supported and Later Ousted by Benito Mussolini)
Zog of Albania
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Birthdate: October 8, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Albania
Died: April 9, 1961

While he initially served as the prime minister and president of Albania, Ahmed Muhtar bey Zogolli, better known as Zog I or Zog of Albania, later led the country as its king. While he was initially supported by the fascist Benito Mussolini of Italy, he was eventually ousted by him.

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Ramiz Alia
(1st President of Albania)
Ramiz Alia
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Birthdate: October 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shkodër
Died: October 7, 2011

Ramiz Alia scripted history as the 1st president of Albania. He initially headed the Party of Labour of Albania and later joined the Socialist Party. He was known for his efforts in building ties with the country’s European neighbors but was eventually convicted of corruption and imprisoned. His conviction was later overturned.

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Fatos Nano
(Former Prime Minister of Albania)
Fatos Nano
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Birthdate: September 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tirana

Fatos Nano is an Albanian socialist politician. He was the founder of the Socialist Party of Albania and became its first leader. He has served as the prime minister of Albania several times. He resigned as the prime minister in 2005 and has since maintained a low profile. He occasionally appears in political talk shows and has written three books. 

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Nexhmije Hoxha
(Albanian Communist Politician & Wife of the 22nd Prime Minister of Albania, Enver Hoxha)
Nexhmije Hoxha
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Birthdate: February 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bitola, North Macedonia
Died: February 26, 2020
Nexhmije Hoxha was an Albanian communist politician. She is best remembered as the wife of the 22nd Prime Minister of Albania, Enver Hoxha. After her husband's demise in 1985, Nexhmije Hoxha was made chairwoman of the Democratic Front of Albania. However, she was forced to resign from this position in 1990 and was replaced by Adil Çarçani.
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Fan S. Noli
(13th Prime Minister of Albania)
Fan S. Noli
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Birthdate: January 6, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ibriktepe, Turkey
Died: March 13, 1965
Fan S. Noli was an Albanian writer, diplomat, politician, scholar, orator, historian, Archbishop, and Metropolitan. He is credited with founding the Albanian Archdiocese and the Albanian Orthodox Church. Fan S. Noli was also an important politician who served as the 13th Prime Minister of Albania in 1924 during the June Revolution.
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Mehmet Shehu
(23rd Prime Minister of Albania)
Mehmet Shehu
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Birthdate: January 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Çorrush
Died: December 17, 1981

Albanian communist-politician Mehmet Shehu, considered second-most-powerful man in Albania after Enver Hoxha, succeeded Hoxha as 23rd Prime Minister of Albania on July 20, 1954. He held office till December 18, 1981, when, as per official Albanian government sources, he committed suicide. He was thereafter denounced as a traitor. It is often speculated that Shehu was killed on orders from Hoxha.

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Fatmir Sejdiu
(Kosovar Politician Who Served as the First President of Republic of Kosovo)
Fatmir Sejdiu
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Birthdate: October 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pakashticë

Kosovar politician Fatmir Sejdiu became the first President of Republic of Kosovo after the 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence on February 17, 2008. He resigned in September 2010 after the Constitutional Court of Kosovo stated that he was violating the Constitution of Kosovo, as he was serving simultaneously as president of the Republic of Kosovo and as leader of LDK.

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Bamir Topi
(Former President of Albania)
Bamir Topi
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Birthdate: April 24, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tirana

Bamir Topi is an Albanian politician and diplomat who served as the president of Albania from 2007 to 2012. An ardent football fan, Bamir Topi served as the honorary president of the popular Albanian football club Klubi i Futbollit Tirana from 2005 to 2007.

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Monika Kryemadhi
(Albanian Politician and Incumbent Member of the Albanian Parliament for Fier)
Monika Kryemadhi
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Birthdate: April 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dibër, Albania

Albanian politician Monika Kryemadhi is the incumbent Member of the Albanian Parliament for Fier. Her husband Ilir Meta served as 8th President of Albania, and during such-time Monika refused the honorific position of First Lady of Albania and instead delegated it to her oldest daughter Bora. Monika is a founding-member of Socialist Movement for Integration and served as its Chairwoman.

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Belinda Balluku
(Albanian Politician & Businesswoman)
Belinda Balluku
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Birthdate: October 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tiranë, Albania

Albanian politician Belinda Balluku is the country’s deputy prime minister and the minister of infrastructure and energy. She has also served as an MP from the Region of Tirana. She has also headed the company Albcontrol, which manages Albania’s airspace, as its general director.

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Rexhep Meidani
(President of Albania from 1997 to 2002)
Rexhep Meidani
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Birthdate: August 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tirana
Rexhep Meidani is an Albanian diplomat, politician, and physics professor. He is best known for his service as the fourth President of Albania from 1997 to 2002. Rexhep Meidani is currently an important member of a non-profit organization called Club of Madrid, which aims at promoting democracy in the international community.
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Hasan Tahsin Pasha
(Senior Ottoman Military Officer Who Served in the Greco-Turkish War of 1897)
Hasan Tahsin Pasha
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Birthdate: 1845 AD
Birthplace: Çarshovë, Albania
Died: 1918 AD
Hasan Tahsin Pasha was an Ottoman military officer best remembered for his role in the Greco-Turkish War of 1897. He commanded the sixth Trabzon Division during the war. Hasan Tahsin Pasha also played an important role in the First Balkan War, where he commanded his troops against the Greek Army of Thessaly
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Vlora Citaku
(Kosovar Albanian Diplomat and Politician)
Vlora Citaku
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Birthdate: October 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Podujevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Vlora Citaku is a Kosovar Albanian diplomat and politician. She is best known for her service as the Ambassador of Kosovo to the USA from 20 August 2015 to 3 March 2021. Vlora Citaku also served as the Minister for European Integration from 22 February 2011 to 1 September 2014.
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Olta Xhaçka
(Former Defence Minister of Albania)
Olta Xhaçka
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Birthdate: December 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania
Olta Xhaçka is an Albanian politician and the current Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs. An important political leader, Xhaçka served as the Minister of Social Welfare and Youth in 2017. She then served as the Defence Minister of Albania from 11 September 2017 to 31 December 2020.
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Grida Duma
(Albanian Lecturer and Politician Who Served as the Deputy Minister of European Integration from 2011 to 2013)
Grida Duma
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Birthdate: June 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Durrës, Albania
Grida Duma is an Albanian lecturer and politician. She is best known for her service as the Deputy Minister of European Integration from October 2011 to 1 September 2013. Grida Duma is one of the most important political figures among the Democrats in Albania.
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Rudina Hajdari
(Albanian Politician & the Daughter of Azem Hajdari)
Rudina Hajdari
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Birthdate: August 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania

The daughter of Albanian student movement leader and Democratic Party member Azem Hajdari, Rudina Hajdari now serves as a Member of the Albanian Parliament. She formed the Democrat Group and has chaired various political committees. She has also taught at the University of Tirana and at several institutes in the US.

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Adil Çarçani
(24th Prime Minister of Albania)
Adil Çarçani
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Birthdate: May 5, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gjirokaster, Albania
Died: October 13, 1997
Adil Çarçani was an Albanian politician best remembered for his service as the 24th Prime Minister of Albania from 18 December 1981 to 22 February 1991. Just before the fall of Communism in Albania, Adil Çarçani was among the prominent leaders of the Enver Hoxha-led Albanian government.
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Lindita Nikolla
(Albanian Political Leader)
Lindita Nikolla
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Birthdate: October 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania
Lindita Nikolla is an Albanian politician who is currently serving as the speaker of the Parliament of Albania. Prior to her current position, Lindita Nikolla served as the Minister of Education, Sports and Youth on two separate occasions; from 15 September 2013 to 11 May 2017 and then from 13 September 2017 to 17 January 2019.
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Abdyl Frasheri
(Politician)
Abdyl Frasheri
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Birthdate: June 1, 1839
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frashër, Përmet District, Albania, then Vilayet of Janina, Ottoman Empire
Died: October 23, 1892

Abdyl Frasheri was an Ottoman Albanian politician and civil servant. He was one of the first political ideologues of the Albanian Revival from Albania. Abdyl Frasheri is also credited with establishing Istanbul's Central Committee for Defending Albanian Rights. He was also proclaimed as the Hero of Albania during the communist regime.

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Mimi Kodheli
(Albania's First Female Defense Minister)
Mimi Kodheli
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Birthdate: September 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania

A Member of the Albanian Parliament, Mimi Kodheli has also scripted history as the first female politician to hold the post of Albania’s minister of defense. She also heads the NATO Parliamentary Assembly as its vice president. The Socialist Party politician is a skilled economist, too.

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Koçi Xoxe
(Deputy Prime Minister of Albania from 1946 to 1948)
Koçi Xoxe
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Birthdate: May 1, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Flampouro, Greece
Died: June 11, 1949
Koçi Xoxe was an Albanian politician best remembered for his service as the Deputy Prime Minister of Albania from 1946 to 1948. An influential politician, Xoxe also served as the Minister of the Interior from 22 March 1946 to 2 October 1948. Koçi Xoxe was one of the most important leaders of communist Albania alongside Koço Tashko and Enver Hoxha. 
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Majlinda Bregu
(Albanian Diplomat and Politician)
Majlinda Bregu
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Birthdate: May 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania
Majlinda Bregu is an Albanian diplomat and politician. She is currently serving as the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council. From March 2007 to September 2013, Majlinda Bregu served as the Minister of European Integration. She then went on to serve as the Chairperson of the Committee for European Integration from September 2013 to September 2017.
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Mimoza Kusari-Lila
(Albanian Kosovar Politician)
Mimoza Kusari-Lila
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Birthdate: October 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gjakova, Kosovo

Albanian Kosovar politician and The Alternative chairperson, Mimoza Kusari-Lila has previously also been Albania’s Minister of Trade and Industry and Deputy Prime Minister. She has also served as the mayor of Gjakova, thus scripting history as Kosovo’s first and only female mayor ever. She has also been associated with the World Bank and USAID.

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Jozefina Topalli
(Albanian Democratic Party Politician)
Jozefina Topalli
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Birthdate: November 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shkodër, Albania

Albanian politician and Democratic Party member Jozefina Topalli has been the Speaker of the Parliament of Albania, the first woman to hold the post. Equipped with degrees in math, law, and international relations, she also has a PhD and has taught at the Luigj Gurakuqi University in Shkodra.

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Ogerta Manastirliu
(Albanian Socialist Party Politician)
Ogerta Manastirliu
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Birthdate: December 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tiranë, Albania

Albanian politician and Socialist Party member Ogerta Manastirliu now represents Tirana as a Member of the Albanian Parliament. She is also the country’s Minister of Health and Social Care. Equipped with a degree in analytical chemistry, she was once dragged into a controversy related to plagiarism in her doctoral thesis.

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Albulena Haxhiu
(Albanian Politician & the Granddaughter of Political Activist Ahmet Haxhiu)
Albulena Haxhiu
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Birthdate: May 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pristina, Kosovo

Kosovar Albanian politician and jurist Albulena Haxhiu, who is the granddaughter of iconic Albanian revolutionary and political activist Ahmet Haxhiu, now serves as Albania’s minister of justice. She has previously also represented the autonomous province of Pristina as a Member of the Kosovo Assembly.

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Elisa Spiropali
(Albanian Socialist Party Politician)
Elisa Spiropali
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Birthdate: March 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania

Albanian politician and Socialist Party member Elisa Spiropali is the country’s incumbent Minister of State for Relations with Parliament. Equipped with degrees in politics and economics, she is an international scholar and has also lectured in several Albanian universities. She has previously also been a customs director.

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Etilda Gjonaj
(Former Minister of Justice of Albania)
Etilda Gjonaj
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Birthdate: May 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pukë, Albania
Etilda Gjonaj is an Albanian lawyer, professor, and politician. She is best known for her service as the Minister of Justice in Albania from 11 September 2017 to 18 September 2021. Etilda Gjonaj, who has also worked as a lecturer at the University of Tirana, served as the Commissioner of the People's Advocate from 2014 to 2017.
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Kaqusha Jashari
(10th Prime Minister of Kosovo)
Kaqusha Jashari
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Birthdate: August 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Srbica, Kosovo
Kaqusha Jashari is a Kosovo Albanian engineer and politician. She is best known for her service as the 10th Prime Minister of Kosovo from 10 March 1987 to 9 May 1989. One of the most important politicians in Kosovo during the mid and late-1980s, Kaqusha Jashari also served as the President of the League of Communists of Kosovo in 1988.
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Mirela Kumbaro
(Albanian Politician and Academic)
Mirela Kumbaro
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Birthdate: March 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania
Mirela Kumbaro is an Albanian politician and the current Minister of Tourism and Environment in Albania. Prior to her current position, Kumbaro served as the Minister of Culture from 15 September 2013 to 17 January 2019. Also an important academic, Mirela Kumbaro works as an international expert on university research programs conducted by international organizations such as the European Union.
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Senida Mesi
(Deputy Prime Minister of Albania from 2017 to 2019)
Senida Mesi
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Birthdate: December 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shkodër, Albania
Senida Mesi is an Albanian professor and politician. She is best known for her service as the Deputy Prime Minister of Albania from 2017 to 2019. Prior to her election to Parliament in 2017, Senida Mesi worked as a lecturer at the Luigj Gurakuqi University of Shkodër.
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Klajda Gjosha
(Albanian Political Leader)
Klajda Gjosha
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Birthdate: July 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania
Klajda Gjosha is an Albanian politician best known for her service as the Minister of European Integration from 15 September 2013 to 13 September 2017. From 2006 to 2012, Klajda Gjosha served in several important positions, including her service as the director at the Tirana Municipality.
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Milena Harito
(Albanian Politician)
Milena Harito
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Birthdate: October 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania
Milena Harito is an Albanian politician who served as the Minister of Innovation and Public Administration from 2013 to 2017. One of the most important members of the Socialist Party of Albania, Milena Harito was honored by the French government with the prestigious Knight of the National Order of Merit in 2017.
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Edi Shukriu
(Kosovar Writer, Archaeologist, and Political Figure)
Edi Shukriu
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Birthdate: October 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prizren, Kosovo
Edi Shukriu is a Kosovar writer, archaeologist, and political figure. Apart from being an important member of the Democratic League of Kosovo, Shukriu also works as a teacher of archaeology at the University of Pristina. From 1995 to 2000, Edi Shukriu chaired the Democratic League of Kosovo's women's forum. She is also an important poet and writer of non-fiction works.
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Sonila Qato
(Albanian Lawyer and Politician)
Sonila Qato
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Birthdate: September 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania
Sonila Qato is an Albanian lawyer and politician. She is currently serving as the Minister of State for Entrepreneurs. An important member of the Socialist Party of Albania, Sonila Qato also served as the General Manager of the Property Treatment Agency in Albania from 2013 to 2017.