March 8, 1997 |
While rebelling southerners reinforced their combat positions, President Sali Berisha on Friday rejected international pressure and his opponents' demands for new elections. In talks with European envoys, Berisha also refused to bring his rivals, the Socialists, into a governing coalition. He said he has done all he is willing to do--temporarily suspend military offensives against the militants.
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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.
March 24, 1992 |
University professor Sali Berisha, leader of Albania's victorious Democratic Party, was swept into politics by his students a year ago. "I saw democracy was vital for Albania. I didn't begin this to be a politician, just to do my duty as a citizen," he said. The Tirana university cardiologist dodged troops and tanks to join his students in December 1990, in defying the omnipotent Communist regime with pro-democracy protests.
September 14, 1998 |
Protesters angry over the killing of an opposition leader set fire to Albania's main government building Sunday and sent the prime minister and his Cabinet fleeing in a hail of gunfire. One protester was killed and four guards of Prime Minister Fatos Nano were wounded as marchers and police traded gunfire. Clouds of smoke from burning cars rose over the center of Tirana, the capital.
March 11, 1997 |
Revolt spread throughout most of southern Albania on Monday, but rebel leaders from one key city agreed after talks with Italian diplomats to lay down their arms. Representatives from the port city of Vlore said they wanted swift implementation of a peace deal between President Sali Berisha and his political opponents. The declaration by eight representatives of the Vlore rebel committee was signed on an Italian warship at a meeting with Italy's ambassador to Albania, Paolo Foresti.
April 5, 1997 |
Rifts opened in President Sali Berisha's right-wing party Friday, aggravating the crisis in lawless Albania as it prepares for deployment of an Italian-led security force of up to 6,000 troops. About 20 Democratic Party parliament members said they will no longer "accept the diktat of the president" and accused Berisha of seizing too much power. Their statement was the strongest criticism yet of Berisha from his own ranks since unrest broke out in the nation last month.