The remains of King Ahmet Zog, Albania’s former self-made muslim monarch, who ruled from 1925 to 1939, arrived in Albania after being repatriated from France more than 50 years after his death. (Source: persianrealm.com)
Exiled Albanian king’s remains are repatriated (Nov 18, 2012 by Euronews):
The remains of King Ahmet Zogu of Albania have been returned from France where he died in 1961, and re-buried in his homeland. The ceremony comes as Albania celebrates its 100th independence anniversary. King Zogu was ruler of the country from 1925 to 1939 when he fled after Albania was occupied by fascist Italy.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The body of Albania’s only post-independence monarch, King Ahmet Zog I, has been returned home more than 50 years after he died in exile in France.
Family members and government authorities welcomed the remains at Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa on Friday. Zog reigned from 1928 until 1939, when he fled Albania after it was occupied by fascist Italy.
Albania’s post-World War II communist regime abolished the monarchy in 1946. Albania has remained a parliamentary republic since the fall of communism in 1990.
The royal family returned to Albania in 2002, and the current government of Prime Minister Sali Berisha later decided to allow the king’s remains to return for a burial ceremony to be held Saturday.
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