Edi Rama has served as the 33rd and current Prime Minister of Albania since 2013 and chairman of the Socialist Party of Albania since 2005. Before his term as Prime Minister, Rama held several positions. He was appointed Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in 1998, an office he held until 2000. Rama was appointed Prime Minister for a second term following the 2017 election. Rama won a third mandate following the 2021 parliamentary election. He is the only Albanian Prime Minister in history to have won three parliamentary elections in a row. He was also one of the initiators of Open Balkan, an economic zone of the Western Balkans countries intended to guarantee “four freedoms”.