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Edi Rama is the current Prime Minister of Albania

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BirthdayJuly 4, 1964
NationalityAlbanian
FamousPrime Minister of Albania, Leaders, Political Leaders, Prime Ministers
SpousesLinda Rama, Matilda Makoci
Childrens Gregun Rama, Rean Rama
Birth PlaceTirana
Political IdeologyPolitical party- Socialist Party
ReligionAtheism
GenderMale
FatherKristaq Rama
MotherAneta Rama
Net Worth$200 million as of Apr 26,2017
Sun SignCancer
Born inTirana
Famous asPrime Minister of Albania

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Who is Edi Rama?

Edi Rama is the current Prime Minister of Albania. He was a well-known artist before he ventured into politics. During his early years, Edi Rama showed promise as a basketball player but instead studied fine arts before becoming a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts. Later on Edi Rama established a successful art career in France, before going back to his native Albania as the Minister of Culture on the invitation of Fatos Nano. However, it was his stint as the Mayor of his home town of Tirana that really catapulted into the national limelight and one of the reasons for that was not only the fact that he remained at the post for eleven years but because he brought genuine change to the city during his long tenure. In 2005, he became the head of the Socialist Party and after a rocky time during which the party lost the general elections; Edi Rama led them to form the government in 2013 albeit with coalition partners.

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Childhood & Early Life

Edi Rama was born on July 4, 1964 in Tirana, the capital of Albania, to Kristaq Rama and his wife Aneta Rama. His father was a well-known sculptor and his mother was a graduate in medicine.

Edi Rama was interested in sports in his teenage years and in fact he played for the well-known Albanian basketball team Dinamo for some time. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and played an active part as one of the most important members of the student protests against the ruling communist regime in Albania.

After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts, Edi Rama worked as a professor at the same academy and in 1994, at the age of 30 he relocated to France and became an active member of the thriving art scene in the country. Rama’s work was also exhibited in galleries during his stay in France and he became a respected artist.

Career

In 1998, the then Prime Minister of Albania, Fatos Nano, invited Edi Rama to take over as the Minister of Culture of Albania and Edi readily agreed and returned to Albania. During his tenure as the Minister of Culture that lasted two years, Rama came into the spotlight for his flamboyant ways.

In 2000, Edi Rama decided to run for the mayoral election for the city of Tirana as a Socialist Party candidate and became the mayor the same year after defeating Besnik Mustafaj, a well-known writer. One of his earliest works as the mayor was that of demolishing illegally constructed buildings and restoring some parts of the city to its earlier forms.

In 2003, Edi Rama was charged of abuse of funds in the Municipality of Tirana and after an inquiry by Albanian Parliament he was acquitted of all the charges. Later on in the same year he won a for his second term as mayor. In 2005, he was named as the Socialist Party leader but not before he had won another mayoral election for Tirana. Around the same time, Rama also formulated the Tirana City Master Plan.

Under his leadership, the Socialist Party lost the 2009 general elections in Albania. His style of leadership was heavily criticised by some of the leaders for being dictatorial.

In 2013, Parliamentary elections, Edi Rama led a coalition of socialist and left-wing parties that defeated the conservative bloc of the then Prime Minister Sali Berisha. He was elected as new Prime Minister by the Albanian Parliament on September 12, 2013.

Major Works

During his tenure as the mayor of Tirana, he transformed the Tirana Municipality into a modern European institution. He restored the public spaces, increased the green areas, introduce colour in public spaces, amongst the ruined facades of residential buildings of the communist era and reconstructed the road network of the city.

Awards & Achievements

United Nations awarded Edi Rama with an award on the event of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in the year 2002.

The celebrated TIME Magazine named Edi Rama among the 2005 European Heroes.

Personal Life & Legacy

Edi Rama had married Matilda Makoci, an actress and they had a son named Gregor. He separated from Makoci in 1991

Edi Rama got married to Lindita Basha in 2010. She is an activist.

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Edi Rama biography timelines

  • // 4th Jul 1964
    Edi Rama was born on July 4, 1964 in Tirana, the capital of Albania, to Kristaq Rama and his wife Aneta Rama. His father was a well-known sculptor and his mother was a graduate in medicine.
  • // 1991
    Edi Rama had married Matilda Makoci, an actress and they had a son named Gregor. He separated from Makoci in 1991
  • // 1994
    After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts, Edi Rama worked as a professor at the same academy and in 1994, at the age of 30 he relocated to France and became an active member of the thriving art scene in the country. Rama’s work was also exhibited in galleries during his stay in France and he became a respected artist.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, the then Prime Minister of Albania, Fatos Nano, invited Edi Rama to take over as the Minister of Culture of Albania and Edi readily agreed and returned to Albania. During his tenure as the Minister of Culture that lasted two years, Rama came into the spotlight for his flamboyant ways.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, Edi Rama decided to run for the mayoral election for the city of Tirana as a Socialist Party candidate and became the mayor the same year after defeating Besnik Mustafaj, a well-known writer. One of his earliest works as the mayor was that of demolishing illegally constructed buildings and restoring some parts of the city to its earlier forms.
  • // 2002
    United Nations awarded Edi Rama with an award on the event of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in the year 2002.
  • // 2003 To 2005
    In 2003, Edi Rama was charged of abuse of funds in the Municipality of Tirana and after an inquiry by Albanian Parliament he was acquitted of all the charges. Later on in the same year he won a for his second term as mayor. In 2005, he was named as the Socialist Party leader but not before he had won another mayoral election for Tirana. Around the same time, Rama also formulated the Tirana City Master Plan.
  • // 2005
    The celebrated TIME Magazine named Edi Rama among the 2005 European Heroes.
  • // 2009
    Under his leadership, the Socialist Party lost the 2009 general elections in Albania. His style of leadership was heavily criticised by some of the leaders for being dictatorial.
  • // 2010
    Edi Rama got married to Lindita Basha in 2010. She is an activist.
  • // 12th Sep 2013
    In 2013, Parliamentary elections, Edi Rama led a coalition of socialist and left-wing parties that defeated the conservative bloc of the then Prime Minister Sali Berisha. He was elected as new Prime Minister by the Albanian Parliament on September 12, 2013.

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  • What is Edi Rama birthday?

    Edi Rama was born at 1964-07-04

  • Where is Edi Rama's birth place?

    Edi Rama was born in Tirana

  • What is Edi Rama nationalities?

    Edi Rama's nationalities is Albanian

  • Who is Edi Rama spouses?

    Edi Rama's spouses is Linda Rama, Matilda Makoci

  • Who is Edi Rama childrens?

    Edi Rama's childrens is Gregun Rama, Rean Rama

  • What is Edi Rama's political ideology?

    Edi Rama's political ideology is Political party- Socialist Party

  • What is Edi Rama's religion?

    Edi Rama's religion is Atheism

  • Who is Edi Rama's father?

    Edi Rama's father is Kristaq Rama

  • Who is Edi Rama's mother?

    Edi Rama's mother is Aneta Rama

  • What is Edi Rama's sun sign?

    Edi Rama is Cancer

  • How famous is Edi Rama?

    Edi Rama is famouse as Prime Minister of Albania