Eqrem Libohova

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Eqrem Libohova
17th Prime Minister of Albania
In office
12 May 1943 – 9 September 1943
Preceded by Maliq Bushati
Succeeded by Ibrahim Biçakçiu
In office
19 January 1943 – 13 February 1943
Preceded by Mustafa Merlika-Kruja
Succeeded by Maliq Bushati
Personal details
Born 24 February 1882
Gjirokastër, Janina Vilayet, Ottoman Empire (now Albania)
Died 1948
Rome, Italy
Political party Albanian Fascist Party
Relatives Myfid Libohova
Profession Prime Minister

Eqrem Libohova (24 February 1882, Gjirokastër - 1948, Rome) was an Albanian politician and Axis collaborator. He served as the Prime Minister of Albania on two occasions during the Italian occupation of Albania.

Political career[edit]

Early in his political career, Libohova served as the Albanian Minister to Rome. In 1924, while serving in this role, Libohova helped negotiate the creation of the Bank of Albania. He was joined by his brother, Myfid.[1]

In 1931, Libohova was minister to the court of Zog of Albania. On 26 January 1931, he joined King Zog on a trip to Italy. On 20 February, after attending a showing of Pagliacci at the Vienna State Opera, Libohova was injured an assassination attempt against the King. Zog, Libohova, and their cheuffer, returned fire on the attempted assassins, Aziz Çami and Ndok Gjeloshi. Libohova was shot in the leg and a bullet went through his hat; the King was unharmed.[2][3]

Libohova was described as an "Itanophile" by other members of Albania's political class during his time as minister to the court.[4]

From January 19 to February 13, 1943 and from May 12 to September 9, 1943, Libohova served as Prime Minister.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fisher, Bernd Jürgen (1984). King Zog and the Struggle for Stability in Albania. Boulder, Colorado: East European Monographs. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-88033-051-0. 
  2. ^ Vickers, Miranda (2001). The Albanians: a modern history. IB Tauris. p. 131. ISBN 1-86064-541-0. 
  3. ^ Fisher, Bernd Jürgen (1984). King Zog and the Struggle for Stability in Albania. Boulder, Colorado: East European Monographs. pp. 180–83. ISBN 978-0-88033-051-0. 
  4. ^ Fisher, Bernd Jürgen (1984). King Zog and the Struggle for Stability in Albania. Boulder, Colorado: East European Monographs. p. 210. ISBN 978-0-88033-051-0. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Mustafa Merlika-Kruja
Prime Minister of Albania
19 January 1943 – 13 February 1943
Succeeded by
Maliq Bushati
Preceded by
Maliq Bushati
Prime Minister of Albania
12 May 1943 – 9 September 1943
Succeeded by
Mehdi Bej Frashëri