King Zog can hardly be accused of overthrowing the government and declaring himself King. When the National Assembly proclaimed him as such in April 1928 he had already been head of state as President for over three years. Perhaps D Bishop believes that by some extraordinary political contortionism Zog overthrew himself.
Under Zog's rule Albania's agriculture flourished, the oil and mining industries were developed, ports, roads, bridges and electricity installations were constructed, a gendarmerie was trained by British officers, and compulsory education introduced for girls as well as boys - an innovation in a Muslim country. D Bishop refers to the dreadful suffering of the Albanian people, but omits mentioning that it was the republican government under Enver Hoxha which plunged Albania back into the poverty from which Zog had done so much to rescue it.
It is grossly unfair to criticise Leka for not having lived in Albania. For most of his life it has been under Italian wartime occupation or controlled by history's most repressive Communist regime, and even recent so-called democratic governments have refused to allow him to take up residence in the land of his birth.
The Monarchist League
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