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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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The Doctor Is Back

The Doctor Is Back

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Modern Albania

Fred C. Abrahams

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Sali Berisha’s return to power as prime minister of Albania in 2005. In July 2005, Albania held its sixth parliamentary elections since 1991. Fatos Nano and the Socialist Party went head to head with Berisha’s Democratic Party (DP). A collection of smaller parties also ran, including Ilir Meta’s Socialist Movement for Integration. In the end, the DP won fifty-six seats compared to the Socialists’ forty-two. Berisha’s victory sparked a debate in Albania and abroad. In June 2007, President George W. Bush visited Albania—the first U.S. president ever to set foot in the country. Berisha was re-elected in the parliamentary elections of 2009. When President Bamir Topi’s term ended, he was replaced by Berisha’s minister of the interior and then justice, Bujar Nishani.

Keywords:   parliamentary elections, Sali Berisha, Albania, Fatos Nano, Socialist Party, Democratic Party, Ilir Meta, Socialist Movement for Integration, George W. Bush, Bamir Topi

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