The new political leader of Albania, Sali Berishah, is a physician, a heart specialist. But since, like everything else in the country, the hospitals don't work, he might as well try to cure Albania before getting back to his other patients.
One year ago, as the world's most isolated Stalinist dictatorship crumbled, the voters went to the polls and re-elected the Communists, renamed Socialists, to power. The voters didn't really believe that anyone else would be permitted to rule. Mentally, they were still living under Enver Hoxha's communism.
This time, the voters overwhelmingly chucked out the Socialists, who had since gone into coalition with the opposition. By some 62 percent, they favored the Democratic Party of Mr. Berishah. Never mind that he and other of its eminences used to be Communists, too. It would be hard in Albania to find anyone who ever amounted to anything who did not used to be a Communist. The question now is whether anyone at all can bring order of the chaos into which Albania has descended.