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Edi Rama

Edi Rama was born on 4 July 1964.

Politician, visual artist, publicist, former professor of the Art Academy and former basketball player of the Albanian National Team. He is currently the leader of the Socialist Party of Albania.
Edi Rama served as Mayor of Tirana for three consecutive terms, from 2000 to 2011. He has also served as board member of Open Society Foundation of Albania (Soros), President of the Association of Mayors of Albania, and Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports of Albania. He is married to Linda Rama, a leading economics professor and civil society activist. They have a daughter and a son.

Edi Rama’s initial involvement in Albanian public scene came during the democratic movement, which overthrew the communist regime in Albania. Edi Rama was one of the most prominent intellectual voices for a free Albania and the outspoken leader of the Art Academy anti-regime mouvement. He did not pursue a political career at the time and became a fierce critic of the authoritarian trends displayed by the first Post-Communist Government in Albania.

In 1998 Edi Rama became Minister of Culture of Albania as an independent who joined the Socialist Government. In this capacity Edi Rama immediately drew the attention of the Albanian public and won their sympathy for the creative and effective manner in which he promoted culture and arts in Albania.

In October 2000, Edi Rama ran for Mayor of Tirana as an independent endorsed by the Socialist Party and won a landslide after a decade of dominance in the capital by the Democratic Party.

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