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Modern AlbaniaFrom Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe$
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Fred C. Abrahams

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814705117

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814705117.001.0001

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A Democratic Party

A Democratic Party

(p.65) 5 A Democratic Party
Modern Albania

Fred C. Abrahams

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the birth and development of the Democratic Party (DP) in Albania following the Party of Labor’s decision to allow “independent political organizations in conformity with the laws.” The formation of the DP was announced in Student City on December 12, 1990 by students, professors, and intellectuals that included the founding members such as Gramoz Pashko and Sali Berisha. The party’s program consisted of eleven points that stressed political pluralism, human rights, rule of law, free market reform, and the territorial integrity of Albania. This chapter discusses Ramiz Alia’s response to the DP and the party’s initial activities, along with the student protests against communist rule.

Keywords:   students, Democratic Party, Albania, Party of Labor, Gramoz Pashko, Sali Berisha, political pluralism, Ramiz Alia, student protests

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