Lulzim Basha (1974) is a prominent Albanian politician and leader of the opposition Democratic Party of Albania since 2013. His family originated in Drenica, Kosovo, from where they were expelled by Yugoslav partisans. He studied law at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and served in the Department of Justice of the UN administration in Kosovo in 2001, and then as special advisor for the transition of said department from 2002-2005. In 2005 he began his career in the Democratic Party of Albania.
He has served as Mayor of Tirana, the capital of Albania, from 2011 to 2015. Prior to being elected Mayor of Tirana, Basha was twice elected as member of Parliament representing Tirana (2005-2009) and Elbasan (2009-2011). During that period he served in the centre-right government as Albania's Minister of Public Works, Transport and Telecommunications (2005-2007), Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2009), and Minister of the Interior (2009–2011).
He has been a vocal campaigner against corruption, and under his leadership the Democratic Party proposed a Decriminalization Law, barring people with criminal convictions from holding public office. The law was passed by parliament in December 2015.BACK TO SPEAKERS
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“Communism must be reckoned in crude mathematic terms the most murderous system ever devised by human intelligence; and yet this is an argument we have to have, generation after generation. Consider this; one third of American millennials believe that more people were murdered by George W. Bush than Joseph Stalin. This is not an argument we can take for granted.”
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