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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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Busts in Our Heads

Busts in Our Heads

(p.275) 19 Busts in Our Heads
Modern Albania

Fred C. Abrahams

NYU Press

This chapter examines Albanian politics as the country continued to make a gradual transition to freedom and democracy after years of Stalinist rule. After the Kosovo war, it looked like Sali Berisha would disappear from the scene. Under his leadership, the Democratic Party (DP) had lost credibility at home and abroad. In July 1999, however, Berisha easily retained the DP chairmanship and expelled his deputy Genc Pollo from the party leadership. One week later, the Socialist Party held their party congress, where Fatos Nano narrowly defeated Prime Minister Pandeli Majko for the party chairmanship. Majko was forced to step down and was replaced by Ilir Meta. In February 2001, the government avoided a commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the toppling of Enver Hoxha’s bronze statue in Skanderbeg Square.

Keywords:   Albanian politics, democracy, Albania, Sali Berisha, Democratic Party, Genc Pollo, Socialist Party, Fatos Nano, Pandeli Majko, Ilir Meta

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