It is premature to call Albania post-Communist. But Albania has chosen that road, with no going back. It is where Hungary was two years ago. Conflict may be inevitable among the old Communists who thrived under the 41-year tyranny of Enver Hoxha, the Communist reformers who seek to save the apparatus by humanizing it, and the outright anti-Communists. But Albania's place in Europe under the Adriatic sun is now assured.
The election March 31, before the opposition was formedproduced an illusory Communist victory. Now a general strike has brought down the regime created then. So the Communist president, Ramiz Alia, appointed a Communist cabinet minister, Ylli Bufi, premier of a coalition government that is half-Communist and contains the main opposition Democratic Party and independents.
The Communist party that long monopolized power changed its name from Labor to Socialist, repudiated the memory of Hoxha and charted a reformist course under the sacked prime minister, Fatos Nano, a 38-year-old economist.