People and politics summer series albanian defence minister gazmend oketa
On 12 March 2007, Oketa was named Deputy Prime Minister, prelacing Ilir Rusmajli. On 22 March 2008, Oketa succeeded Fatmir Mediu as Minister Of Defence following Medihu's resignation. He was replaced on 17 September 2009 by Arben Imami.
On 30 May 2012, Oketa formed a new political party in Albania, New Democratic Spirit, alongside other Democratic Party politicians. Albanian media called it "The Party of President" referring to Bamir Topi.