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Ogerta Manastirliu

Ogerta Manastirliu (born 31 December 1978) is an Albanian Socialist Party politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tirana. On 13 March 2017, she was appointed as Minister of Health. She held the office until 21 May 2017, due to the general election.

Ogerta Manastirliu

Member of the Albanian Parliament
for Tirana
Assumed office
25 June 2017
Minister of Health and Social Care
Assumed office
September 13, 2017 (2017-09-13)
Prime MinisterEdi Rama
Preceded byArben Beqiri
Personal details
Born (1978-12-31) December 31, 1978 (age 40)
Tiranë, Albania
Political partySocialist
Alma materUniversity of Tirana

Manastirliu was first elected as a member of parliament in the 2017 general election in the constituency of Tirana.

On 10 September 2017 she was reappointed to hold the portfolio of Ministry of Health and Social Protection in the Rama II Government.

Early life and careerEdit

Ogerta Manastirliu was born in Tirana on December 31, 1978 to Albanian parents from Tirana, Albania.

Manastirliu holds the title "Doctor of Science" in "Analytical Chemistry and Environment". Earlier she studied at the University of Tirana, at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, the General Chemistry branch, where she graduated and received the title "Master in Science" in the same branch. Since 2009 she has been engaged as an examiner at the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

In 2004 she started her professional career in the [Municipality of Tirana], initially in the Project Coordination Directorate. During 2005-2011, she headed the Housing and Social Services Directorate. In this assignment, Manasterliu has been one of the main contributors to the design and implementation of the "Local Housing Strategy".

In the period 2011-2013, she has been engaged as an expert in managing and coordinating social and human resources policies for various national and international organizations, such as UNFPA, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and others.[1]

She has a long activation in the ranks of the Socialist Party and is a member of the Parliament of Albania. In the parliamentary elections of 2017, she was first elected as deputy of the Albanian Parliament.[2]

Mrs. Manastirliu is fluent in English and Italian.

Plagiarism ScandalEdit

In October 2018, many public figures and politicians in Albania were involved in a plagiarism scandal, involving their Masters and Ph.D. theses. The denouncement of cases of plagiarism started by Taulant Muka, a young epidemiologist educated in the Netherlands, who waged a crusade against the “fake” PhDs held by many politicians and government functionaries.[3] This scandal among other things, sparked nationwide protests from the students of public universities, requiring a vetting for all academic titles held by public figures, state officials and politicians.

The thesis of Mrs. Manastirliu, was accused of being plagiarised. Mrs. Manastirliu rejected the accusations, stressing the authenticity of the Doctorate work, which was also supported by the University Professor who had lead the Doctorate work.

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Ermal Gjinaj; the couple has two daughters.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Biography of the Minister of Health and Social Care". Ministry of Health and Social Care of Albania.
  2. ^ "Ogerta Manasterliu Overview". Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  3. ^ (25 December 2018). "Massive plagiarism scandal hits Albanian officials". Retrieved 30 December 2018.

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