Former Albanian president attacked during protest in Tirana

(ORDO NEWS) — An unidentified man hit the ex-president of Albania and the leader of the opposition Democratic Party Sali Berisha during a protest during the EU-Western Balkans summit in Tirana.

Albania is hosting such a major European forum for the first time, in the center of Tirana, security measures have been maximally strengthened, streets have been blocked, police helicopters are loitering in the air. Despite all these measures, the political opponents of Prime Minister Edi Rama and the ruling Socialist Party managed to organize protests with a procession under the flags.

“Former Albanian President Sali Berisha, who led today’s opposition demonstration in Tirana against the Albanian authorities, was attacked on the boulevard of the Martyrs of the Nation. An unknown man punched him in the head, then Berisha’s guards caught up and beat the attacker,” Kosovo online reports, which also posted a video of the incident.

Another former Albanian president, Ilir Meta, walked alongside Berisha at the demonstration, but he was not injured.

In July, at the largest opposition rally in Tirana, former President (1992-1997) and former Prime Minister of Albania (2005-2013) Sali Berisha called on the current head of the Cabinet, Edi Rama, to resign. Rama in September 2021 assembled the composition of the third government headed by him, in which, for the first time in the history of Albania and the Western Balkans, there was an overwhelming majority of women ministers. Before that, according to the results of parliamentary elections last April, the Socialist Party of the current Prime Minister of Albania, ruling since 2013, won a majority of 140 seats in the Legislative Assembly.

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