Albania remembers dictator

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Albania remembers dictator

An Albanian village resurrected a statue of Enver Hoxha to mark the anniversary of the late communist dictator's birth, an Albanian newspaper reported.

The Gazeta Shqiptare daily said residents of Labinot Mal, 40 miles east of Tirana, put the 10-foot statue back up on its original site on Thursday, the date of what would have been Hoxha's 89th birthday. Hoxha, who died in 1985, kept the Balkan country isolated for decades under hardline Communist rule which came to an end in late-1990. Scores of Albanians paid homage at Hoxha's grave in Tirana's public cemetery, where his body was reburied after being exhumed from a hero's tomb in 1992.