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Rama's Theater with properties in Himare

Rama's Theater with properties in Himare

The well-known Greek newspaper ' Kathimerini ' has analyzed the meeting of Prime Minister Edi Rama a few days ago with the residents of Himara. 

In the article, the Greek media writes that the titles handed over by Rama have nothing to do with the lands, but describes the meeting more as theater. 

Kathimerini article: 

In what was seen as a mere public relations stunt, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama visited the town of Himara on Friday to announce the return of some 400 property titles in the area to residents who have sued the Albanian state for more than 30 years.

Rama's visit had a conciliatory character with the local community, which in the last year, due to the imprisonment of the elected mayor of Himara, Fredi Beleri, has often clashed with the state apparatus.

In addition, the Beleri issue itself has been perceived not only on a narrow Greek-Albanian level, but more widely, as a fierce internal war for the "lands" of Himara, which is located in a privileged place on the so-called Albanian Riviera. .

However, in his propaganda, Rama did not mention that in the 400 titles that he promised, 7,600 were missing, which is the number of requests presented by locals in the courts of Vlora.

Although it has been four years since 8,000 complaints were made by the local Himarjots, even the titles submitted by Rama last Friday are not related to the lands, but to the houses, for which there was no doubt about the ownership.

The property problem in Albania was created during communism, when private property was transferred to the state. In practice, 32 years after the fall of communism, property management is the main cause of corruption related to the developing tourism market in Albania. The first step was taken in 1991, when the lands were distributed exclusively for agricultural use, while the rest of the land remained owned by the state. This meant buying land from potential investors, first declassifying it as arable land and then developing it for tourism.

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