Rudina Hajdari, the daughter of the democracy martyr Azem Hajdari, sat on his place in the parliament today, 19 years after his murder.
Hajdari was the leader of the students’ movement in December 1990 and founder of the Democratic Party (PD), the first party that was founded immediately after the political pluralism was allowed in Albania, following the students’ protests.
He was shot dead in the evening of September 12, 1998, moments after he stepped out of his office in the PD headquarters.
Today, in the 19th anniversary of his assassination, his daughter Rudina took his place in the parliament.
Premier Edi Rama expressed his satisfaction for the fact.
"It’s a pleasure that Azem Hajdari’s chair in the parliament hall is no longer empty. I wish to his daughter to be a worthy voice of her generation”, Rama wrote in his Facebook page.
In his first term as Tirana’s Mayor, Rama tried to remove Hajdari’s memorial from the place of murder, to give a construction permit to his mate and current Socialist deputy Fidel Ylli, but fearing the Democrats’ reaction he changed his mind.