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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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Rebuild the State

Rebuild the State

(p.113) 7 Rebuild the State
Modern Albania

Fred C. Abrahams

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Albania’s rebuilding efforts under President Sali Berisha and his Democratic Party (DP). For forty-five years, elections in Albania had been a farce. Ballots listed one candidate from the Party of Labor. Now Albanians had secrecy and choice, and they opted to give their support to a new generation of politicians who promised to break from the past. In what was largely a referendum on communism, Enver Hoxha lost. But as Berisha consolidated power, the DP and government struggled to run the state. This chapter examines the problems faced by the Berisha administration, Berisha’s foreign policy particularly with respect to the United States, the Albanian elections held in mid-1992, and expulsions from the DP.

Keywords:   Albanian elections, Albania, Sali Berisha, Democratic Party, Party of Labor, communism, Enver Hoxha, foreign policy, United States, expulsions

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