Besnik Bekteshi

Besnik Bekteshi (born 1941) is a former Albanian politician of the Albanian Party of Labour (PPSh). He has served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry of Communist Albania.

Besnik Bekteshi
Personal details
Born(1941-08-11)11 August 1941
Shkodër, Albania
Political partyParty of Labour of Albania


Bekteshi was born on 11 August 1941 in Shkodër. He studied construction engineering in the University of Tirana. He actively participated in the construction of "Light of the Party" (Alb: Drita e Partisë) Fierza Hydroelectric Power Station, one of the largest built on the Drin river, and one of the major works of the Communist Albania.[1]

Bekteshi became member of the Party of Labour in 1973.[1] He worked within the PPSh as a functionary in the economic sector. At the 8th Congress of the PPSh in November 1981, he was chosen as a candidate-member of the Politburo of PPSh.

On 23 November 1982, he became Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers in the government of Prime Minister Adil Çarçani. He held this position until February 2, 1989.[1] Between 1982 and 1991, he served as representative the People's Assembly (Alb: Kuvendi Popullor), respectively in the tenth and eleventh legislature as representative of Shkodër District.[2]

Finally, on the 9th Congress of the Party in November 1986, he was elected member of the Politburo. Bekteshi remained such until the dissolution of the party and the establishment of the Socialist Party of Albania (Alb: Partia Socialiste e Shqipërisë) on in June 1991. Moreover, Bekteshi was involved a government reshuffle between 2 February 1989 and 22 February 1991 as Minister of Industries and Mines and Minister of Energy in the 3rd Çarçani Government, succeeding the previously incumbents Llambi Gegprifti and Lavdosh Hametaj.[3]

In 1993, a special court was staged in Tirana against Bekteshi and nine other former high-ranking officials (Muho Asllani, Foto Çami, Vangjel Çërrava, Hajredin Çeliku, Lenka Çuko, Llambi Gegprifti, Qirjako Mihali, Pali Miska, and Prokop Murra). They were accused of "abuse of public funds".[4] The following sentences were given: Mihali and Gegprifti eight years each, Miska and Çuko seven years each, Çami, Çeliku and Bekteshi six years each, and Çërrava, Murra, and Asllani five years.[5][6]

Bekteshi is the father-in-law of the Albanian singer and producer Ardit Gjebrea.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Robert Elsie, Historical Dictionary of Albania, p. 44-45
  2. ^ (PDF) Retrieved 2012-09-29. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)[permanent dead link] - Republika e Shqipërisë KUVEND. Tiranë 2005
  3. ^ Louis Zanga: A Major Government Reshuffle in Albania (13 February 1989) Archived 2012-09-08 at
  4. ^ UA 435/93 - Albania: legal concern: Muho Asllani, Besnik Bekteshi, Foto Cami, Hajredin Celiku, Vangjel Cerrava, Lenka Cuko, Llambi Gegprifti, Qirjako Mihali, Pali Miska, Prokop Murra
  5. ^ Fred Abrahams, Human rights in post-communist Albania, Human Rights Watch/Helsinki, S. 36, ISBN 1564321606, 1996
  7. ^ Ardit Gjebrea, here I am! (in Albanian) Archived June 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine