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Sunday, April 29, 2012
The President of Albania Honors Zenel Gjokela
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The Albanian President, Bamir Topi, together with his cabinet, was
present in the commemoration ceremony for the 160th anniversary of the
death of Zenel Hito Gjoleka. The ceremony was organized by the Kuc
village, where Gjoleka was from, and the patriotic cultural association
“Laberia” and “Kuci Brotherhood”.
Present in this ceremony was
the Parliament vice Speaker, Namik Dokle, MPs, the Supreme State Audit,
Bujar Leskaj, the Kosovo Minister of Security Forces, Agim Ceku, the
former Prime Minister of Kosovo, Bajram Kosumi, the Mayor of Vlore,
Shpetim Gjika, and representatives of the local administration, artists,
famous intellectual figures of the area, etc.
After the visit at
the Martyr’s cemetery in Kuc, the President placed wreaths at the
monument of Zenel Gjoleka, a work of sculptor Zeqir Alizoti. Zenel
Gjoleka was a commander of the rebel forces between the Kurvelesh,
Chameria, Delvina, Gjirokaster and Vlore areas, which demanded Albania’s
unification as an ethnic entity within the Osman Empire, with joint
interests, regardless of religion or origin.
“It’s not by chance
that we have today public figures coming from all Albanian lands, and
not occasionally they have chosen to come at your celebration, at our
celebration, at the celebration of everyone. In respect for the immortal
work of Gjoleka, and for everything that you, your parents and your
predecessors have given for Albania and the national issue”, President
Topi declared in his speech.
By the end of his speech, President
Topi honored Zenel Gjoleka with the order “Nation’s Honor”. The
decoration was handed over to the representative of the family, the
nephew of Zenel Gjoleka, Besfort Gjoleka.
The President then
followed a folkloric concert with characteristic interpretations of the
area, with the participation of artists like Mirush Kabashi and Kastriot