Today President Ilir Meta approved the nomination of Prime Minister Edi Rama as Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
In a press release by the President’s office stated that the Constitution did neither foresee nor prohibit a prime minister’s self-nomination as minister. President’s decision came after “an extended interpretation” of the Constitution, and a careful consideration of “the importance to avoid any possibility that could create an institutional crisis”.
In a separate decree, today President Meta also approved the dismissal of former minister Ditmir Bushati.
The main potential obstacle for Rama’s appointment was art. 103(2) of the Constitution:
“A minister may not exercise any other state function nor be a director or member of the bodies of profit-making companies.”
However, according to President Meta the duties of prime minister and ministers are “within the same executive realm”, hence Rama’s self-nomination did not interfere with the Constitution.