“The name of Bitri is the only official suggestion of Bushati as the new ambassador to Italy. If this name gets decreed by the President, it will have to go to the Parliament, in a hearing session of the Foreign Policies Committee,” daily Shqip said on Wednesday
The battle for the Albanian ambassador to Italy between the Foreign Minister, Ditmir Bushati, and President Bujar Nishani has entered into a new stage. According to Ministry sources, the Albanian top diplomat has presented to the head of the state a new name to substitute Neritan Ceka as ambassador in Italy, despite the fact that President Nishani has categorically refused to dismiss Ceka. Same sources told daily Shqip that the name of the candidate which will substitute Ceka, if this move gets approved by the President, is that of Anila Bitri. The name of Bitri is not new in the Albanian diplomacy, because currently she is the Director of Diplomatic Academy in the Foreign Ministry.
Previously, Bitri was the Albanian ambassador to Spain. In regards to this suggestion, the institution of the President does not have a concrete stance, but at the same time, it supports the previous stance that the current ambassador to Italy, Neritan Ceka, should continue to exercise his mandate as planned, in conformity with the laws. However, the name of Bitri is the only official suggestion of Bushati as the new ambassador to Italy. If this name gets decreed by the President, it will have to go to the Parliament, in a hearing session of the Foreign Policies Committee.
A similar request for the dismissal of an ambassador from his duty was made by the Foreign Ministry for the Albanian ambassador to London, without proposing a new name as a successor.
Even though Neritan Ceka is still working as ambassador, the request of Foreign Minister Bushati is based in the law for the diplomatic service, which, even though it does not set a limit to exercise the duty of the ambassador, is based in the law for civil service.
Article 65 of this law defines the reasons for closing the contract with someone in the civil service, because one reaches the age for retirement. Ceka will be 74 on February 11. The law says that civil servants are in duty until the age of 65. Meantime, the Foreign Ministry has sent a draft-law in the Parliament “On Foreign Service”, which has amendments in the process of appointments and completion of the mandate of diplomats and consuls. It also envisages an increase of 20-25 percent of salary for diplomats and financial treatment for spouses.(Source: SHQIP Newspaper)