Niko Peleshi

Niko Aleks Peleshi (born 11 November 1970 in Korçë) is an Albanian politician who currently is serving as the Minister of Defence since 31 December 2020. He previously has served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Albania in September 2013.[citation needed] He was Prefect of Korçë from 2004[1] to 2005 and Mayor of Korçë[2] from 2007 to 2012. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Presidency of the Socialist Party. Since 2019 he's been an official deputy.

Niko Peleshi

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Member of the Albanian Parliament
for Korça
Assumed office
25 June 2017
Minister of Defence
Assumed office
31 December 2020 (2020-12-31)
Prime MinisterEdi Rama
Preceded byOlta Xhaçka
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
In office
September 13, 2017 (2017-09-13) – January 17, 2019 (2019-01-17)
Prime MinisterEdi Rama
Preceded byEdmond Panariti
Succeeded byBledi Çuçi
Deputy Prime Minister of Albania
In office
September 15, 2013 (2013-09-15) – May 27, 2017 (2017-05-27)
Prime MinisterEdi Rama
Preceded byMyqerem Tafaj
Succeeded byLedina Mandia
Mayor of Korçë
In office
February 18, 2007 (2007-02-18) – September 15, 2013 (2013-09-15)
Prime MinisterSali Berisha
Preceded byRobert Damo
Succeeded bySotiraq Filo
Personal details
Born (1970-11-11) November 11, 1970 (age 50)
Korçë, Albania
Political partySocialist
Alma materPolytechnic University of Tirana


He is married to Amarda Peleshi and has three children: Aleksia, Stiv and Johan.

He graduated with honours in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Tirana and was awarded the title of Electronic Engineer. In 1989 he completed secondary education with honours in Korçë, at Raqi Qirinxhi High School.

Peleshi worked for several years in the private business sector in the city of Korçë and was head of the Korçë Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2001 to 2004.

His political career started in October 2004 when he was appointed Prefect of Korça Region. He stayed in office for one year. In 2005 he was elected Chair of Korçë Socialist Party Branch. In the local elections of February 2007 he was elected Mayor of Korçë, to be reconfirmed in this office in the 2011 local elections. He is a member of the Socialist Party Chairmanship since 2012.

In 2013 he became a full of the Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

He has good knowledge of English and German.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Albanian premier appoints new deputy ministers". Korrieri. 25 October 2004.
  2. ^ "Korçë: Bashkia e parë, që me hua tregtare, financon projektet e infrastrukturës". TRT Shqip. Turkish Radio and Television Corporation. 16 September 2010.

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