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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 Horrible End

A Horrible End

(p.204) 12 A Horrible End
Modern Albania

Fred C. Abrahams

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the communists’ return to power in Albania following Sali Berisha’s resignation as president. It first considers the establishment of the Government of National Reconciliation and the National Salvation Committee’s call for Berisha’s resignation. It then discusses Italy’s Operation Alba and the Democratic Party’s defeat in the 1997 elections at the hands of the Socialist Party. On July 23, 1997, the new parliament convened and Berisha was replaced by the moderate Socialist Rexhep Meidani. Socialist Party head Fatos Nano became prime minister. The chapter suggests that the crisis that engulfed Albania in 1997 was a revolt sparked by the pyramid schemes and compounded by the arrogance of the nation’s rulers.

Keywords:   communists, Albania, Sali Berisha, Government of National Reconciliation, National Salvation Committee, Democratic Party, elections, Socialist Party, Rexhep Meidani, Fatos Nano

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