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At Last a New Albanian President Is Elected
After three failed attempts to elect a president, the parliament finally succeeded on June 11, 2012, when Interior Minister Bujar Nishani was elected with 73 votes of the 140 seats. Flamur Noka was named new interior minister and Edmond Panariti became foreign minister.
Sali Berisha, prime minister since 2005, was defeated in his third bid for the office. General elections held on June 23, 2013, resulted in victory for Edi Rama and his opposition Socialist Party, 53% to 36%. Berisha conceded defeat and announced his intention to step down from leadership of the Democratic Party, while Rama celebrated his victory and reiterated his goal to secure EU membership for Albania.