Former Albanian President Bujar Nishani dies.

Former Albanian President Bujar Nishani, who was often criticized for his center-right political affiliation from the leftist coalition, died following a serious health problem, the country’s presidential office said Saturday 28 May. He was 55.

President Ilir Meta wrote on Facebook that he had learned “with sadness and deep regret that President Bujar Nishani passed away.”

No further details were released but a month ago Nishani went to Germany to seek treatment for a serious liver illness.

Nishani served as president from 2012 until 2017. At 45, he was elected as the youngest and sixth president in post-communist Albania, supported only by lawmakers from the center-right Democratic party of then-Prime Minister Sali Berisha. Opposition lawmakers boycotted the vote, demanding a consensual candidate.

Albania’s presidents are elected in the 140-seat Parliament. Before that, Nishani served as the country's interior and justice ministers.

Nishani is survived by his spouse, a son and a daughter. There was no immediate word on funeral arrangements.

Source: https://abcnews.go.com


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