URGENT Alia Selected as Hoxha Successor
VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ Ramiz Alia, Chairman of the People’s Assembly and head of state, was elected Saturday as the new Albanian Communist Party chief, two days after the death of longtime rule Enver Hoxha, Albanian state radio repported.
According to the broadcast monitored in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Alia, 59, was elected unanimously at the 11th plenary session of the party’s Central Committee.
The committee met Saturday, and at the start of the session those assembled paid respects to the late leader, the report said.
Hoxha is to be buried April 15, and, in keeping with the isolationism that characterized his 42 years as leader of the Communist Party and the country, foreign delegations have been told they are not wanted at the ceremony.
Alia has been the nominal head of state during the last few years, as Hoxha became more ill.