Partia Socialiste e Shqipërisë

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Partia Socialiste e Shqipërisë
Party logo
Edi Rama
Party presidency Edi Rama
Secretary General Taulant Balla
Spokeswoman Elisa Spiropali
founding June 13, 1991
Place of foundation Tirana
head office Tirana
Youth organization Forumi i Rinisë Eurosocialiste të Shqipërisë (FRESSH)
newspaper Zëri i Popullit
Party-affiliated foundation Fondacioni Qemal Stafa
Political ideology Social democracy
Colours) violet
Parliament seats
Government grants 112,453,784 ALL (as of 2017)
Number of members 94,434 (as of 2016)
International connections Socialist International
European party Party of European Socialists (associated)

The Partia Socialiste e Shqipërisë , Albanian for Socialist Party of Albania (acronym: PSSh , or Partia Socialiste for short - acronym PS ) is one of the two major parties that shape the political system of Albania . The party chairman has been Edi Rama since October 2005 .

It is the successor organization to the Labor Party of Albania , the Marxist-Leninist Party, which ruled the country from 1944 until the fall of the communist system in 1990. In the parliament elected in 2017 , the Partia Socialiste has 74 of the 140 MPs and thus an absolute majority.

The PS is a full member of the Socialist International and associated with the Social Democratic Party of Europe . Zëri i Popullit (Voice of the People) is the party newspaper .

Content profile


The Partia Socialiste is a center-left political party and describes itself as social democratic . According to its statute, freedom, social justice, equal opportunities and solidarity are fundamental components of party politics. The PS also supports the development of a constitutional, democratic and social Albania.

Party program 2013–2017

On the occasion of their party congress on November 5, 2011, the PS delegates decided on their future party program, on which the party intends to base its further policy in the country. With the title Për Një Rilindje Shqiptare (For An Albanian Rebirth) , the program consists of four parts, which are further divided into chapters: 1. Rimëkëmbje e Ekonomisë (economic recovery) , 2. Ripërtëritje e Shoqërisë (renewal of society ) , 3. Rivendosje e Demokracisë (restoration of democracy) and 4. Ribashkim me Europën (reunification with Europe) .

organization structure

Headquarters of the party in Tirana

Party executive

The executive committee (Albanian Kryesia ) meets at least once a month and is an important party organ. It consists of the following 16 members:

Party secretariat

The party secretariat is responsible for various areas of the PS. It has eight secretaries, some of whom are assigned certain departments:

Related organizations

The Eurosocialist Youth Forum of Albania and the Forum of the Socialist Woman of Albania have been separate political organizations since November 2011 and are therefore no longer part of the party, but they are associated with it and have converged.



The Partia Socialiste is the direct successor of the Labor Party of Albania (PdAA), which has ruled the country under its party leader Enver Hoxha for decades since the Second World War . During its 10th Party Congress between June 11 and 13, 1991, the party renamed itself and committed itself to social democracy and pluralistic elections. Since then, it has shaped everyday political life as one of the two major parties in the country.

Formations of governments and internal party disputes

After the fall of the communist state system, the new party was in government in 1991/92 after the parliamentary elections in 1991 . Afterwards in the opposition, she returned to the government of national reconciliation in 1997 . From 1997 to summer 2005, several socialist governments took turns - due to internal party conflicts, new majorities between reformers and the old forces formed again and again. Formative figures were the former party leader Fatos Nano and his successor Edi Rama , President Rexhep Meidani (1997-2002) and the Prime Ministers Bashkim Fino (1997), Pandeli Majko (1998-99, 2002) and Ilir Meta (1999-2002).

Because of internal party disputes, there were repeated splits. Most recently, Ilir Meta resigned from the party in 2004 and founded the Socialist Movement for Integration , which has been working with the PS again since 2013 and forming the Rama cabinet .

In the opposition

In 2005 there was a change of government: the Socialists were defeated by the Democrats in the parliamentary elections. From now on, the government was led by the Democratic Party and its allies (from 2005 the Albanian Republican Party and from 2009 also the Socialist Movement for Integration). Meanwhile, Edi Rama was elected as the new leader of the Socialist Party, replacing Fatos Nano.

In 2009 the government was re-elected. For a long time the socialists did not accept the election result, boycotted parliament and called for new elections. At the same time, this led to a political crisis . Some party members went on hunger strike for a few days in May 2010 and on January 21, 2011 the socialists called for a large demonstration in the capital. The protesters approached the government building and tried to storm it. During the defense of the area by the Garda e Republikës (Republican Guard) , four demonstrators died.

The party chairman Edi Rama suffered a major defeat in the 2011 local elections : he lost his mayor's post in Tirana to his rival from the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha , in a veritable “vote counting odyssey” . The socialists also accused the government of fraudulent elections in these elections. The defeat worsened the political crisis.

The political crisis that had persisted in the country since summer 2009 was formally ended at the end of 2011 when Democrats and Socialists agreed on an electoral reform that ended in May 2012. The Albanian institutions were supported by international organizations.

In the 2012 presidential election , the PS called for a candidate supported by both political camps and not a party candidate. However, this was not taken into account by the ruling Democrats and the PD's candidate, Bujar Nishani , was eventually elected president by parliament.

Election victories in 2013 and 2017

With the election slogan “Rilindje” , meaning rebirth, the socialists went into the election campaign in spring and summer 2013. According to their own statements, the goal was against the “corrupt” and “rule of law” government of Sali Berisha in the parliamentary elections on June 23rd to win and initiate a "rebirth of the country". With the four keywords Rimëkëmbje e Ekonomisë (recovery of the economy) , Ripërtëritje e Shoqërisë (renewal of society) , Rivendosje e Demokracisë (restoration of democracy) and Ribashkim me Europën (reunification with Europe) the drum was raised during the election campaign, but that The result was more than satisfactory for the socialists. The PS got 65 of the 140 seats in parliament, while the Democrats got 50 seats. With the coalition partners, above all with the LSI, the governing coalition achieved a majority in parliament with 84 seats. Party leader Edi Rama became prime minister and in his first cabinet the LSI headed five of 19 ministries. A novelty for Albania was also that six ministries are headed by women, which so far was the largest proportion of women in an Albanian government cabinet.

In the 2017 parliamentary elections , the PS achieved an even bigger victory than in 2013, gaining 48.5% of the vote. For the legislative period 2017–2021, it will thus provide the majority in Albania's parliament.

houses of Parliament

Since its (re) establishment in 1991, the PS has always been represented in parliament as one of the two formative political forces in Albania . So far, it has won parliamentary elections three times, in 1997, 2001 and 2013, and then formed a government. In the 1996 elections, all parties were the victims of election rigging by the Democrats. According to these results, the PD could have won 122 out of 140 seats. In 2005 the socialists lost and were in the opposition until 2013. In 2009 the Socialists won 65 of the 140 seats, making them a strong opposition. Compared to 2005, they were able to increase the number of seats by 23, among other things through a blocking clause for small parties passed by socialists and democrats, which as a result favored the PS and PD. However, the Democrats were again accused of election fraud, despite international organizations and election observers judging the parliamentary elections as proper and fair.

In the parliamentary elections in 2013 , the Partia Socialiste gained a relative majority in parliament and is once again the leading ruling party with Edi Rama as prime minister.

year Seats change
1992 38 of 140   0
1996 10 of 140   28
1997 101 of 155   91
2001 73 of 100   28
2005 42 out of 100   31
2009 65 of 140   23
2013 65 of 140   0
2017 74 of 140   9
2021 74 of 140   0

President of the state with party membership in the PS

The following politician was a member of the PS as president .

Prime ministers with party membership in the PS

The following politicians were members of the PS as Prime Minister .

Bashkim Fino from March 11, 1997 to July 24, 1997
as well


  • Afrim Krasniqi: Political Parties in Albania 1920-2006. Tirana 2006.

Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. Mblidhet kryesia e PS-së. In: May 18, 2016, archived from the original on October 8, 2017 ; accessed on October 7, 2017 (Albanian): "Zëdhënësja e kryesisë, Elisa Spiropali ..."
  3. Esiona Konomi: PS rritet me 20 mijë anëtarë por s'arrin objektivin 150 mijë. In: March 8, 2016, accessed on October 7, 2017 (Albanian): "Sipas Regjistrit Kombëtar të anëtarësisë së partisë, Partia Socialiste në fund të muajit shkurt numëron 94,434 anëtarë, të cilët kanë plotësuar dokumentin përkatës t Socialiste partizëatë.
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