Erion Veliaj, Tirana Mayor

Erion Veliaj was born 17 December 1979 in Tirana, where he finished elementary and high school. Basic studies in political science ended in Michigan, USA, and Master's degree at the University of Sussex (England), the topic of European integration. Before political involvement she worked in humanitarian organizations in the US and the African continent, but also in Kosovo.

In 2003 he established civic movement MJAFT!, dealing with social, political and educational issues in Albania. MJAFT! in 2004, was awarded with UN award for civic activity. Veliaj left MJAFT! in 2007, when he joined the political movement G99, where he remained until 2011. In 2011 he became a member of the Socialist Party, Edi Rama, and in 2013 was named for Minister of Social Welfare and Youth. In July 2015 he was elected for mayor of Tirana.

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