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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 Shot, a Coup

A Shot, a Coup

(p.236) 15 A Shot, a Coup
Modern Albania

Fred C. Abrahams

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the eruption of violent anti-government protests in Albania after the killing of Azem Hajdari. On September 12, 1998, Hajdari was shot by unknown assailants and died on the way to the hospital. Sali Berisha immediately issued a statement accusing Prime Minister Fatos Nano and his communist clique as the culprit. The Socialist government quickly condemned the murder, but the incident invigorated the Democratic Party, which demanded the dismissal of Nano, the creation of a transitional government, and new elections. On the streets, DP militants clashed with police. Nano said the DP tried to stage a coup, but Berisha was never arrested. To appease critics, Nano tried to reshuffle the cabinet but failed to garner support in the Socialist Party and was forced to resign. As for Hajdari’s killers, the state convicted three men from Tropoja in 2002, one of them in absentia. A fourth gang member was killed in 1999.

Keywords:   anti-government protests, Albania, Azem Hajdari, Sali Berisha, Fatos Nano, murder, Democratic Party, Socialist Party

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