TIRANA, Albania (AP) – Bashkim Fino, who was appointed pastor of Albania out of almost complete chaos when fraudulent investment projects collapsed 24 years ago, has died, an angry mob looting military bases across the country. He was 58 years old.
The former prime minister’s family and his ruling Socialist Party said Fino died Monday at a hospital where he was being treated for several days after contracting COVID-19.
The government declared Monday a day of national mourning.
Fino was an educated economist նախկին Former mayor of Gjirokastra, 230 kilometers (140 miles) south of the capital Tirana. He was appointed by the President of Albania in 1997 to lead a government of national unity.
The country was on the brink of widespread anarchy following the collapse of a widespread pyramid scheme, in which many Albanians lost their livelihoods. Fino served for five months before snap elections brought the Socialists to power.
He is credited with restoring normalcy in a country where protests have toppled central and local governments, with civilians entering army depots and stealing huge quantities of weapons. Some 3,000 people have been killed since the violence.
“Mr. Fino will be remembered in 1997 for his leadership of the Albanian National Reconciliation Government during his difficult years, as well as for his contribution to the legislative process during his extensive political career,” the US Embassy in Tirana said. announcement:
Prime Minister Edi Rama, who heads the Socialists, said he was temporarily suspending his party’s campaign ahead of the April 25 general election.
The leader of the main opposition center-right Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, also canceled his daily election campaign.
Fino held several other government positions, serving as a legislator with the Socialists until his death.
He is survived by his wife, daughter and son.