Pustec Municipality (red) within Korçë County
|• Mayor||Edmond Themelko (AMIE)|
|• Water||49.9 km2 (19.3 sq mi)|
|Time zone||Central European Time (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Komuna Pustec (Macedonian: Општина Пустец, Opština Pustec), known officially as Komuna Liqenas from 1973 to 2013, is a municipality in the Korçë District of Albania. It has a population of roughly 4,300 and consists of nine villages, comprising the areas along the Albanian, southwestern shore of Lake Prespa. It is part of the so-called Mala Prespa area, which is home to a large part of the local ethnic Macedonian minority of Albania. Albanian and Macedonian are official languages of the municipality.
The village of Tserye was first mentioned in documents from 14th century. The names of other villages were found in more modern documents. According to a 1900 ethnographic survey, the numbers of inhabitants at the time was 1,830. The "La Macédoine et sa Population Chrétienne" survey by Dimitar Mishev (D. Brankov) from 1905 shows that the local Christian inhabitants were divided between Bulgarian Exarchate and Patriarchate of Constantinople. On 18 March 2013, the Albanian government changed the official name of the municipality, from the Albanian Liqenas to the Macedonian Pustec.
Villages in Pustec Municipality
The municipality contains nine villages.
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