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Shefqet Verlaci

Politician

Shefqet Verlaci Shefqet Bej Vërlaci (December 15, 1877, Elbasan, Ottoman Empire – July 21, 1946, Zürich, Switzerland) was Prime Minister of Albania in 1924 and during the Italian occupation from 1939 to 1941. Verlaci's name also is found under the forms Vërlaci, Verlaçi, Verlaxhi, and Velaxhi. His first name also is written in various forms, including Shevket, as on his gravestone. His name probably has distant Venetian roots, from the Renaissance times of Albania Veneta. In 1922, Verlaci was the biggest landowner of Albania. He was the leader of the Progressive Party, the biggest conservative party in Albania, which firmly opposed any agrarian reform reducing the landowners' property. The Progressive Party included some North Albanian clan chiefs and prominent Muslim landowners as its members. In late 1922, Ahmed Zogu became engaged to Verlaci's daughter, winning Verlaci's support and the position of Prime Minister. In early 1924, Zogu was forced to cede his position of Prime Minister to Verlaci, because of a financial scandal and an attempt of assassination in which Zogu was injured. The date of Verlaci taking the position of prime minister is March 5, 1924 (some sources cite other dates in  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1877-12-15
Place of birth
Elbasan

Political career

Party From To
Albanian Fascist Party

Death

Date of death
1946-07-21
Place of death
Zürich

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