Marxists Internet Archive: Ramiz Alia
Ramiz Tafë Alia (18 October 1925 – 7 October 2011) was the second and last leader of the People's Socialist Republic of Albania from 1985 to 1991.
Alia was elected to the Central Committee of the Party of Labor of Albania and served as its First Secretary. From 1982 to 1992 he was head of state of the People's Socialist Republic of Albania. He had been designated as successor by Enver Hoxha and took office after Hoxha died and presided over the period of transition following the collapse of the socialist bloc.
Alia died on 7 October 2011 in Tirana due to lung disease, aged 85.