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January 3, 1992 | Reuters
Albanian President Ramiz Alia has had a heart attack but his condition is good, Albanian Radio reported Thursday. The radio, monitored by the British Broadcasting Corp., quoted a Health Ministry statement as saying that Alia, 66, suffered the attack early Wednesday. Alia became president in 1985 on the death of Stalinist leader Enver Hoxha, who had ruled the Balkan country for more than 40 years.
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October 8, 2011
Ramiz Alia Albania's last communist leader Ramiz Alia, 85, who was Albania's last communist president and is credited with opening to democracy one of the world's most isolationist political systems, died Friday of lung complications, an Albanian official announced. He assumed leadership of the Albanian Communist Party in 1985 after the death of his longtime friend, dictator Enver Hoxha. After a series of massive student protests, Alia introduced political and economic reforms that paved the way for the country's first free elections in 1991.
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NEWS
January 10, 1988
Opponents of Albania's regime led by strongman Ramiz Alia blew up a bridge near the southern city of Ballsh in the first reported anti-government violence in 24 years, emigre sources in Athens said. The emigres said the bridge's destruction represents a protest over shortages of basic food, including bread and corn, and Alia's hard-line rule. Western diplomats who recently visited the capital, Tirana, said southern Albania is suffering severe food shortages.
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July 8, 1995 | Reuters
The last Communist president of Albania, Ramiz Alia, walked free from a Tirana prison Friday after an appeals court ordered his immediate release. He vowed to resume his career in politics. Alia, 69, took power after the death of Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha in 1985 and led a tough Communist regime that turned the Balkan state into the poorest, most isolated country in Europe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1990
More than 100 Albanians waved placards and chanted slogans outside the Federal Building in Westwood on Thursday, urging the Bush Administration to focus attention on the "brutal and destructive oppression by the Stalinist regime of Ramiz Alia in Albania." The tiny Balkan nation, under Communist rule since 1944, has so far remained untouched by the democratic wave that has swept through the rest of eastern Europe.
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July 8, 1995 | Reuters
The last Communist president of Albania, Ramiz Alia, walked free from a Tirana prison Friday after an appeals court ordered his immediate release. He vowed to resume his career in politics. Alia, 69, took power after the death of Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha in 1985 and led a tough Communist regime that turned the Balkan state into the poorest, most isolated country in Europe.
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July 3, 1994 | From Associated Press
This nation's last Communist ruler, Ramiz Alia, was convicted Saturday and sentenced to nine years in prison for violating the rights of citizens while he was in power. A three-judge panel reached the verdict partly on the testimony of former political prisoners. Alia, 68, said the verdict against him "shows that revenge is still very strong." The former president said the charges against him were political.
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April 4, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
Ramiz Alia, a dedicated Communist turned reluctant reformer, resigned as president Friday after refusing to the end to acknowledge that communism has failed completely. Alia, handpicked successor to dictator Enver Hoxha, said he will formally present his resignation to Parliament today at its first session since voters repudiated Albania's Stalinist past in a March 22 election.
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February 25, 1991 | From Associated Press
Anti-democracy protesters demanded Sunday that Albania's government ban the opposition Democratic Party and hang its leaders, according to reports monitored in Vienna. The rally came just hours after the government, seeking to prevent more bloodshed, denied it had asked provincial authorities to organize supporters of the late dictator Enver Hoxha to march on the capital, Tirana. Many conservative and older Albanians revere Hoxha, Communist Albania's Stalinist founder.
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November 9, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Albanian President Ramiz Alia says his hard-line Communist country should rethink enshrining the Communist Party's leading role and policy of atheism in the constitution, the state news agency reported Thursday. Signaling a further shift away from the country's orthodox Communist past, Alia said the ruling Party of Labor of Albania "should not and cannot exert state power directly" but should respect the rule of law, according to remarks published by the official news agency ATA.
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July 3, 1994 | From Associated Press
This nation's last Communist ruler, Ramiz Alia, was convicted Saturday and sentenced to nine years in prison for violating the rights of citizens while he was in power. A three-judge panel reached the verdict partly on the testimony of former political prisoners. Alia, 68, said the verdict against him "shows that revenge is still very strong." The former president said the charges against him were political.
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April 4, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
Ramiz Alia, a dedicated Communist turned reluctant reformer, resigned as president Friday after refusing to the end to acknowledge that communism has failed completely. Alia, handpicked successor to dictator Enver Hoxha, said he will formally present his resignation to Parliament today at its first session since voters repudiated Albania's Stalinist past in a March 22 election.
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January 3, 1992 | Reuters
Albanian President Ramiz Alia has had a heart attack but his condition is good, Albanian Radio reported Thursday. The radio, monitored by the British Broadcasting Corp., quoted a Health Ministry statement as saying that Alia, 66, suffered the attack early Wednesday. Alia became president in 1985 on the death of Stalinist leader Enver Hoxha, who had ruled the Balkan country for more than 40 years.
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April 1, 1991 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Communist President Ramiz Alia was heading for a sound defeat today in Albania's first free election, even as his ruling party appeared on its way to victory. Unofficial returns from Sunday's election also showed Foreign Minister Muhamet Kapliani losing badly and Prime Minister Fatos Nano running neck-and-neck with a Tirana engineer from the opposition Democratic Party.
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February 25, 1991 | From Associated Press
Anti-democracy protesters demanded Sunday that Albania's government ban the opposition Democratic Party and hang its leaders, according to reports monitored in Vienna. The rally came just hours after the government, seeking to prevent more bloodshed, denied it had asked provincial authorities to organize supporters of the late dictator Enver Hoxha to march on the capital, Tirana. Many conservative and older Albanians revere Hoxha, Communist Albania's Stalinist founder.
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February 24, 1991 | From Reuters
President Ramiz Alia of Albania on Saturday blamed enemies of the state for recurring political riots and defended the legacy of his hard-line predecessor, Enver Hoxha. In a speech broadcast by the official ATA news agency, Alia pledged to uphold law and order and said that instigators of riots in Tirana, the capital, and elsewhere would be punished. "We will not allow Albania to become a holocaust of the political ploys of various oppositions or the aims of external enemies," he said.
NEWS
February 24, 1991 | From Reuters
President Ramiz Alia of Albania on Saturday blamed enemies of the state for recurring political riots and defended the legacy of his hard-line predecessor, Enver Hoxha. In a speech broadcast by the official ATA news agency, Alia pledged to uphold law and order and said that instigators of riots in Tirana, the capital, and elsewhere would be punished. "We will not allow Albania to become a holocaust of the political ploys of various oppositions or the aims of external enemies," he said.
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April 12, 1985 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, Times Staff Writer
The death Thursday of Albanian Communist Party leader Enver Hoxha creates a leadership vacuum in that Balkan nation, which is on the front line of the East-West confrontation by its geography but is kept isolated from the world's conflicts by its rigid Marxist ideology. No immediate successor was announced, although the leading candidate appears to be Ramiz Alia, 60, whose position as president makes him ceremonial head of state.
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February 23, 1991 | From Associated Press
Shooting erupted Friday at a military academy in the Albanian capital where cadets reportedly were guarding a bust of the late dictator Enver Hoxha, and state television reported that at least four people were killed. Albania's Communist president, seeking to stave off more unrest amid a quickening pace of events in the Balkan nation, named a new government Friday headed by a Marxist economist. Protests by vying political groups continued around the country.
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November 9, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Albanian President Ramiz Alia says his hard-line Communist country should rethink enshrining the Communist Party's leading role and policy of atheism in the constitution, the state news agency reported Thursday. Signaling a further shift away from the country's orthodox Communist past, Alia said the ruling Party of Labor of Albania "should not and cannot exert state power directly" but should respect the rule of law, according to remarks published by the official news agency ATA.
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