Bujar Nishani became President in 2012. He was the only candidate put forward by the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Sali Berisha's Democratic Party.  As the head of the legal system and armed forces, he has an important role in Albanian politics. Mr Nishani, 46, was the country's interior minister at the time of his election. He is a graduate of Albania's military academy and holds degrees in law and European studies.

The controversial ex-minister, who has strong ties to the Berisha family, is bidding to take over the capital - but even if his gambit fails, it’s unlikely to ruin his political career.

Fatos Nano, a man from the intelligentsia, was elected the new chairman.[7] Nano helped to reform the old communist party and made it a member of the Socialist International. On 1 September 2005 Nano resigned as the chairman of the Socialist Party, after losing the elections. He was succeeded by Edi Rama.

PDI (Party for Justice and Integration / Partia për Drejtësi dhe Integrim)

After the January 21 riots and a prolonged power struggle that has hampered its EU aspirations and strained the country’s fragile institutions, Albania’s political parties head to the May 8 local elections, considered as key to the country’s democratic credentials.

PBDNJ (Unity for Human Rights Party / Partia Bashkimi për të Drejtat e Njeriut)

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PDK (Christian Democratic Party of Albania /Partia Demokristiane e Shqipërisë)

The PPSh won the Constitutional Assembly elections of March 1991—the first free elections held in the country in almost 80 years. By this time, however, it was no longer a Marxist–Leninist party. At an extraordinary congress in June 1991, in its efforts to survive in the new system, the PPSh voted to change its name to PS.

Capital Tirana Time Zone CET (GMT+1) Country Code 355 Mobile Codes 66,67,68,69 ccTLD .al Currency Lek (1EUR = 138ALL) Land Area 28,748 sq km Population 2.98 million Language Albanian Major Religion Sunni and Bektashi Islam, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christianity

The Socialist Party of Albania is an associate of the Party of European Socialists (PES)[6] and a member of the Socialist International. Its official newspaper is Zëri i Popullit, which had been the organ of its predecessor, the Communist Party of Labour of Albania.

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On May 8, 3,186,569 Albanians 18-year or older will have the chance to cast their ballot in the local elections, choosing the new mayors and head of communes in 384 municipalities. 

The party has pledged in its 2013 party platform to replace the flat-rate personal income tax with more progressive taxation.[10] The party also supports universal health care funded by taxation.[11] The party leader Edi Rama has indicated that he supports LGBT rights and domestic partnerships.[12]

PD ( Demoratic Party of Albania / Partia Demokratike e Shqipërisë)

LSI ( Socialist Movement for Integration /  Lëvizja Socialiste për Integrim)

Democratic Party:Headed by Albania Prime Minister Sali Berisha

Now seeking a fourth term as Tirana’s mayor, the Socialist leader is hoping that a strong showing in the May local elections will hasten the political demise of his archrival, Sali Berisha.

After two decades in politics, divided between the president’s and premier’s offices, Berisha is already Albania’s longest serving leader since the collapse of the Communist regime.

PS (Socialist Party of Albania / Partia Socialiste e Shqipërisë)

Socialist Movement for Integration: Headed by former Socialist Prime Minister Ilir Meta