September 29, 1998 |
Beleaguered Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano resigned Monday, two weeks after rioting that pushed his impoverished nation to the brink of anarchy. Nano's resignation was announced after a meeting of the Socialist Party leadership in this capital. A statement said that Pandeli Majko, the 31-year-old general-secretary of the Socialist Party, will be the party's candidate for prime minister.
September 20, 1998 |
A delegation of senior European diplomats has warned Albania's bitter political rivals to take their battle out of the streets and start making democracy work. The diplomats criticized both Prime Minister Fatos Nano and opposition leader Sali Berisha for Albania's political crisis but made it clear they don't want to see Berisha arrested for last week's riots.
September 18, 1998 |
The nation tottered on the brink of chaos Thursday after another day of protests in which former President Sali Berisha called on his supporters to defy a government ban and stage the biggest demonstrations in the country's history. In a speech to about 2,000 supporters, Berisha told backers to march peacefully throughout the country today.
September 17, 1998 |
On the eve of a national day of protest he called against the Albanian government, former President Sali Berisha on Wednesday dared authorities to come and get him. Diplomats tried to talk both sides out of a bloody confrontation. Berisha and about 1,500 supporters ignored a ban and held a peaceful protest in the streets as parliament moved closer to lifting Berisha's immunity from prosecution.
September 16, 1998 |
About 3,000 followers of former Albanian President Sali Berisha defied a government ban and staged a peaceful march through the center of the capital, Tirana, as heavily armed state security forces looked on. Socialist Prime Minister Fatos Nano, emerging from hiding after violence Monday during which his office and residence were looted, accused Berisha of trying to stage a coup and demanded that opposition supporters surrender their arms. Two tanks were handed over.
September 15, 1998 |
The government in this capital said Monday that it had crushed an attempted coup and was back in control of the city after a day of fighting in which at least three people died. "Police have taken the . . . situation under control. The attempt at a coup d'etat today failed," Interior Minister Perikli Teta said on national television. Gunfire and explosions shook the city for much of Monday after the funeral of a slain opposition politician erupted into violence.