|Minister of Internal Affairs of Albania|
|Succeeded by||Koçi Xoxe|
|Chairman of the Presidium of the People's Assembly|
|Preceded by||Omer Nishani|
|Succeeded by||Ramiz Alia|
|Born||19 October 1913
Dibër County, Independent Albania
|Died||1 January 1998
|Political party||Party of Labour of Albania|
Lleshi was one of the top commanders in Albania's fight against the Italians and Germans during World War II and is still considered by some to be a hero in Albania for his actions during the war. When a communist anti-fascist government was set up in Albania in 1944, Lleshi became interior minister and served in that position from 1944 to 1946. His name would be mentioned in a CIA report of 1952 as an Yugoslavian informant, together with Myslym Peza.
On August 1, 1953, Lleshi became chairman of the Presidum of the People's Assembly of Albania. He was also sometimes referred to as the Speaker of Parliament, President or Head of State of Albania. He was nominally one of the three most powerful people in Albania's communist regime, along with general secretary Enver Hoxha and prime minister Mehmet Shehu. During Lleshi's time in power, Albania became known as one of the most independent communist nations, as it feuded with the Soviet Union, became an ally of People's Republic of China, and then feuded with China in the 1970s.
Lleshi retired from his position as chairman of the Presidium on November 22, 1982, after nearly 30 years in office, when Hoxha reshuffled the government. Hoxha died three years later, and during the early 1990s, the communist regime fell, but Lleshi continued to live in Albania. In 1998, he died from natural causes.
|President of Albania
- Auron Tare (28.10.12), CIA zbardh sekretet: Tito kishte lidhje në Tiranë me Haxhi Lleshin e Myslym Pezën [CIA reveals the secret: Tito was in contact in Tirana with Haxhi Lleshi and Myslym Peza] (in Albanian), Gazeta Panorama, retrieved 12.10.13
- Albanian Communist Leaders mourning