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Berisha, Sali

Born: 1944 AD
Currently alive, at 70 years of age.

Nationality: Albanian
Categories: Physicians, Politician


1944 - Born on the 15th of October in Vicidol, Albania. Albanian cardiologist, physician, and politician.

1967 - Berisha graduated at the medical faculty of the University of Tirana “with honors”.

         - He specialized in cardiology and was subsequently appointed as an assistant professor of medicine at the same university and as staff cardiologist at the Tirana General Hospital.

         - Conducted a research program on hemodynamics.

1968 - Elected member of the European Committee for Research on Medical Sciences.

1970 - Berisha gained distinction as the leading researcher in the field of cardiology in Albania and became professor of cardiology at the University of Tirana.

1978 - He received a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) fellowship for nine months of advanced study and training in Paris.

1980 - Professor of medicine at the University of Tirana.

         - Worked as a heart surgeon and as a professor at the Cardiology Clinic in Tirana.

1989 - He was awarded the title Professor at the Tirana University.

1990 - Berisha urged the regime to expand the scope of reforms by including the establishment of a multiparty democratic political system and a market economy.

         - Berisha joined in the very first day, a series of students demonstrations that forced the government to approve the establishment of a multi-party system, Mr. Berisha emerged as the leader of Democratic Party (DP), the first and largest of the new opposition parties.

1991 - He was formally elected DP chairman in February at the party’s first national congress.

1992 - After the resignation of President Alia, the DP-dominated People’s Assembly on April 8th, elected Sali Berisha to the position, as the first non-communist head of state.

1995 - Berisha's Democratic Party won a general election on 26th of May.

2001 - Mr. Berisha led the coalition of the center right wing parties in the general political lections held in 5 rounds in June-August.

2005 - Was appointed Prime Minister of Albania on the 8th of September, with a majority vote of 81 MP’s.


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