Pandeli Evangjeli

Pandeli Evangjeli (6 January 1859 – 14 September 1949) was an Albanian politician who served two terms as the 7th Prime Minister of Albania. He was the first Orthodox Christian to head the Albanian government.[2]

Pandeli Evangjeli
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7th Prime Minister of Albania
In office
16 October 1921 – 5 December 1921
Preceded bySulejman Delvina
Succeeded byQazim Koculi
In office
6 March 1930 – 16 October 1935
Preceded byKoço Kota
Succeeded byMehdi Frashëri
Personal details
Born(1859-01-06)6 January 1859
Korçë,[1] Ottoman Empire
Died14 September 1949(1949-09-14) (aged 90)
Korçë, Albania

Early life and careerEdit

Born in Korçë in 1859,[1] he spent most of his youth in the Albania colony of Bucharest. He became chairman of the society "Dituria" ("Knowledge") in 1897, and contributed in the establishment of a local "Committee for the Liberation of Albania", one of the many of that time.[3][4] He became prefect of his native city in 1914 after returning from Romania.[5]

Prime Minister of AlbaniaEdit

As part of the government of Sulejman Delvina, he was soon part of the Albanian delegation in the Paris Peace Conference in 1920. He was then elected a member of the parliament, then Prime Minister from 16 October 1921 to 5 December 1921.[6] From 1922 to 1924 he was Foreign Minister.

During Fan Noli's tenure after the June Revolution he exiled in Romania, returning in 1925 when he was elected Head of the Senate. As a representative of Korça, he headed the session that proclaimed Albania as a Constitutional Monarchy and Ahmet Zogu as King of Albania. A strong supporter of Zog, he directed three cabinets as Prime Minister from 1930 to 1935. He was replaced by Mehdi Frashëri after he was criticized for "failing to maintain peace and order" during the Revolt of Fier in 1935. He served as Parliamentary President until the Italian invasion of 1939.[3]

Although he was considered a pro-Italian, and his name appears in the Assembly list of 1943, he did not play an active role during World War II and the communist regime did not persecute him.


Evangjeli died in Korçë in 1949.[3]

See alsoEdit

Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Albania
16 October 1921 – 5 December 1921
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Albania
5 March 1930 – 22 October 1935
Succeeded by


  1. ^ a b Andoni, Ben. "Njerëzit që drejtuan Shqipërinë". Revista Mapo. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
  2. ^ Pearson 2004, p. 173
  3. ^ a b c Robert Elsie (December 24, 2012). A Biographical Dictionary of Albanian History. I. B. Tauris. pp. 134–135. ISBN 978-1780764313.
  4. ^ Skendi, Stavro (1967). The Albanian national awakening. Princeton: Princeton University Press. p. 146. ISBN 9781400847761.
  5. ^ Korce Municipality. "Historiku i qytetit". Municipality. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
  6. ^ Pearson, Owen (2004). Albania and King Zog: Independence, Republic and Monarchy 1908-1939. London: The Centre for Albanian Studies. p. 180. ISBN 1-84511-013-7.