Albania: Edi Rama Acknowledges Greeks of Himara

HimaraEdi Rama became the first prime minister in the history of Albania to recognize and acknowledge the Greek community of Himara. Until recently, Albanian prime minister believed that the city’s population was considered bilingual.

During his speech at the latest meeting of the Albanian Parliament, he mentioned that a Greek minority lives in Himara.

After the confrontation between the prime minister and the president of political party Unity for Human Rights Party (KEAD), Vangjel Dule, the parliament approved a reform that divides the country in 61 administrative regions.

Vangjel Dule, who is also deputy president of the Albanian Parliament, voted against the new territorial reform, while Greek-Albanian Vangjel Tavo abstained and another Greek-Albanian MP Andrea Martos of the Socialist party voted in favor of the new territorial division. The Greek community has rejected the new reform, because Himara will be incorporated in a Muslim region with different economic interests, and diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.