Albania holds ceremony for exiled king`s remains
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Last Updated: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 22:25
  
Tirana: Albania's top leaders and thousands of people paid their last respect on Saturday to the country's only post-independence monarch, King Ahmet Zog I, half a century after he died and was buried in exile.

The nation's television stations broadcast live the burial ceremony in the capital, a day after Zog's remains were returned from France. He was buried in the family's mausoleum, alongside his Hungarian wife, Queen Geraldina, his son Leka I and his wife Susan.

Zog proclaimed himself Albania's monarch in 1928 and ruled until 1939 when he fled Albania after it was occupied by fascist Italy. Albania's post-World War II communist regime abolished the monarchy in 1946.

Albania remains a parliamentary republic after the fall of communism in 1990. The royal family returned to Albania in 2002 leading a quiet life though never relinquishing the claim to the throne.

Prime Minister Sali Berisha said that Albanian's honor Zog "for his historic contribution in building up this country."

PTI


First Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 22:25


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