Aleksandër Meksi

Aleksandër Meksi
28th Prime Minister of Albania
In office
13 April 1992  11 March 1997
President Sali Berisha
Preceded by Vilson Ahmeti
Succeeded by Bashkim Fino
Personal details
Born (1939-03-08) 8 March 1939
Tirana, Albania
Political party Democratic Party

Aleksandër Gabriel Meksi (born March 8, 1939) was the 28th Prime Minister[1] of Albania from April 13, 1992, to March 11, 1997. A former archaeologist, he was the first person to be prime minister of Albania after the end of communist rule.[2]

Meksi was a member of the Democratic Party of Albania and took office at the same time as President Sali Berisha, who also belonged to that party.[3] Meksi resigned as the country descended into chaos caused by financial problems.[4] A few months after Meksi's resignation, Berisha also resigned.

Despite his resignation, his government enjoyed one of the longest tenures of any democratically elected government of Albania. In early May 2009, Meksi became the leader of the Pole of Freedom (Poli i Lirise), a right wing coalition between the Demochristian Party of Albania, the Movement for National Development and several associations of land owners expropriated by the communist regime and victims of communist prosecution. Poli i Lirise is seen by many as a reliable right wing alternative for the elections of 2009 and is perceived to consistently gain political and electoral support. The return of Meksi to active politics, although followed by mixed media reactions, seems to be well perceived by the Albanians.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vilson Ahmeti
Prime Minister of Albania
April 13, 1992March 11, 1997
Succeeded by
Bashkim Fino


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