The White House announce that Ambassador Donald Lu has been nominated to be the U.S. Ambassador in Kyrgyzstan. As Exit notified before, Ambassador Lu is set to leave Albania in July, after serving as US Ambassador to the country for the last three and a half years.
According to article 2, section 2 of the US Constitution, “[the President] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors […]“.
Following the President’s nomination, the candidate is reviewed by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. If the Committee finds nothing inappropriate in the candidate, it appoints a Senate hearing date. After the hearing, the Senate decides whether the President’s nominee will be appointed as Ambassador or not.
Besides Ambassador Lu’s departure, this summer marks the end of all the terms of the US Embassy’s high officials. Deputy chief of mission David Muniz will leave Albania by the end of August. Public Affairs Officer Ryan Roberts will leave at the end of July.
Jon Smibert, Resident Legal Advisor for OPDAT, will be leaving at the end of July, while USAID Country Representative Catherine Johnson will also be leaving in the summer.
The sole leading officials that will remain after August 2018 will be Political and Economic Officer Carson Relitz Rocker and head of the Consulate Office Daniel Koski, both appointed in the previous year.
It is as yet unclear who will succeed Donald Lu as US Ambassador in Albania.