Around 3,000 Albanians turned out Saturday to pay their respects to the late self-proclaimed king Zog I, whose remains were reburied with state honours after they were returned from France where he died in exile in 1961.
“King Zog is an illustrious figure who laid the foundations of the Albanian state and contributed to the European calling of Albanian society,” Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said after passing by the coffin — draped with the Albanian flag — lying in state in the former royal palace.
Albanian historians are divided over Zog’s role, who remains a controversial figure here. “Zog established a clannish, weak state, a hybrid state that while working on its modernisation could have never detach itself from its feudal traditions,” historian Pellumb Xhufi told AFP. The televisions broadcast live the burial ceremony in Tirana. [Source AFP]