Thousands of people protest in Tirana against the socialist government of Albania

File – Socialist Party supporters with national flags during a demonstration in Tirana in April 2021. – GENT ONUZI / XINHUA NEWS / CONTACTOPHOTO

Thousands of supporters of Albania’s right-wing opposition protested Thursday in the capital Tirana against the country’s socialist government led by Prime Minister Edi Rama.

The mobilization, led by opposition leader Sali Berisha, took place in front of the government headquarters. There, the protesters have asked for the resignation of Rama, whom they have accused of stealing from the Albanians, corruption and «authoritarian behavior», as reported by Albanian Daily News.

Among the reasons for the protests are the sharp price hikes, including fuel, as well as the lack of jobs and opportunities for Albanian citizens.

This is the first protest in which Berisha is participating since he retook power of the Albanian Democratic Party (PD) in May this year, just five months after the organization’s leadership expelled him, according to ‘Gazeta Shqiptare’.

Berisha, 77, was the first person to hold the office of president of Albania democratically in 1992. He subsequently served as prime minister from 2005 to 2013.

During his time as Albania’s prime minister, Berisha has been accused by his critics of corruption, links to organized crime, and suppressing the country’s media.

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