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Albanian prime minister agrees to replace economy minister

09-14-2010 15:43 BJT

TIRANA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha has agreed to replace his economy minister at the request of a junior partner in his coalition government, local media reported Monday.

Berisha made the decision after the Socialist Party for Integration (SMI) proposed to replace Dritan Prifti with its leader, current Foreign Minister Ilir Meta, who is also the country's deputy prime minister.

The SMI proposed that Meta will retain his position as deputy prime minister and that his post of foreign minister will be filled by Edmond Haxhinasto, deputy minister of transport.

Luan Rama, secretary general of the SMI told a news conference that the reasons for the cabinet reshuffle is intended to increase the SMI's political role and its contribution to the country's governance.

Berisha's Democratic Party teamed up with the SMI to form a coalition government after last year's general elections, the result of which is still contended by the main opposition Socialists.

The socialists have claimed the elections were rigged and called for investigations into the issue. Edi Rama, leader of the opposition party has threatened to go to street again if the issue goes unsolved.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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