Albanian parliament approves new ministry changes

Albania’s parliament approved on Monday two appointments to fill cabinet posts of deputy prime minister and economy minister.

In a 72-0 vote, lawmakers in the 140-seat parliament endorsed the appointment of current Foreign Minister Edmond Haxhinasto as the country’s deputy prime minister, replacing Ilir Meta who resigned from the position over corruption allegations.

Nasip Naco was approved as the country’s new economy minister, a post also left by Meta.

Both Naco and Haxhinasto belong to the Socialist Integration Movement (SIM) party, a small party led by Meta in the coalition government under Prime Minister Sali Berisha.

Opposition Socialist Party and its allies, which refused to vote, have called for a street protest on Friday.

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