Nishani takes Presidential Office
The newly elected President confirmed his will and readiness to be a
sincere partner of both majority and opposition. “The Presidency will
have its door opened for the majority and the opposition, in order to
exchange our views in our country’s interest. Our goal is the same, to
make our country better, to make our citizens’ life better, more humane
and calmer”, Nishani declared.After a short meeting with President Top
in his office, Nishani and Topi appeared in front of the guests,
accompanied by the Head of the State Protocol. After hearing the
National Hymn and the 21 canon shots, the Chairman of the Constitutional
Court, Bashkim Dedja, handed over symbolically the Constitution of the
Albanian Republic to the new President.
“Today I am the most privileged and most honored, being in the highest post of the country. From this moment, I hold the biggest responsibility that a man can have in his life regarding the country, the state, the friends and partners”, Nishani declared in the ceremony held at the Presidency.
The President vouched to implement the law and fulfill every duty and constitutional responsibility.
“We believe in peace and harmony, and I send my most sincere greetings to the Albanians of Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, the Presheva Valley and the Diaspora for everything that they have done”, Nishani declared.
The President expressed his conviction that only by respecting the law and the constitution, the voice of the Albanian citizens will take the deserved merit.
The State Protocol did not include in the ceremony the farewell speech of President Topi. The latter, together with his wife, shook hands with the new Presidential couple but not with the Prime Minister and the Parliament Speaker.
Nishani for AFP: Justice system, a priority
The new Albanian President, Bujar Nishani, gave an interview for the French news agency, AFP, right before taking his oath as president.
“The justice system will be my priority. I have decided to engage in favor of the justice reforms, which are a key factor for Albania’s EU integration”, Nishani declared.
“There are too many accusations about corruption, and some judges and prosecutors have been accused of lacking moral and professional integrity”, Nishani declared.
As for the integration, Nishani said that despite the current divisions, EU membership is a desire of 90% of the Albanians, and for this reason the politicians should join forces.
“I’m optimistic that Albania will receive the EU status this autumn. It is clear that the EU integration is a process that obliges us to work more for deserving the membership”, declared the newly elected President.
Nishani added that he will not be influenced by any political force, emphasizing that the cooperation between the majority and the opposition was very important.