‑ Editorial of Zeri i Popullit ‑
On the occasion of the 49th anniversary of the Party of Labour Albania, Zeri i Popullit, organ of the Central Committee of the PLA , published the following editorial:
The 49‑year long activity of the PLA, its precious deed in the service of the country in which it has been in the van of the heroic struggle and work of the people for freedom, independence and uninterrupted economic progress, has made the communists, cadres and broad working masses celebrate the day of its founding, November 8, as a marked event, the newspaper Zeri i Popullit stressed in its editorial.
On such a day which has already become an historic national event, the whole people pay homage to the Party militants, to those who sacrificed their lives and devoted their deed to Albania, its freedom and prosperity. Unforgettable are the name and work of Enver Hoxha, the founder of the CPA (today the PLA), because they are closely linked with that historic leap of the people from medieval obscurantist darkness into the light of modern contemporary development and emancipation.
On November 8, the editorial says, our Party of Labour is entering the 50th anniversary of its all round leading activity. The half a century long life of a party proves that it expresses the aspirations of the people, fights and defends their vital interests, drafts new policies for development in compliance with the concrete national and external situations.
The mission the Party undertook more than a year ago to further democratize the life of Albanian society, has enthused the communists and working masses. All its activity has had its impact and assists the Party to ensure and further consolidate its leading role in the society. From this it has drawn the logical conclusion that the leading role of the Party in society is guaranteed by enhancing its realizing force. To this truth testifies its deed during the glorious period of the National Liberation War to the present day.
The process of the democratization of the life of the country has left no individual untouched, Zeri i Popullit writes. But it is the Party that dominates and leads with its orientations in every walk of life: in the
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economy, and politics, ideology and culture, science and education, literature and the arts, defence and diplomacy. It is affirming its leading role in the current process of the democratization of life not merely through the decisions it has adopted, but in the first place through the personal work and example of every communist.
Commemorating the day of the formation of the Party, turning our eyes on its life and activity, the newspaper writes, one sees what a great force it has assumed through the heroic struggle it has waged together with the people in order to carry out all the transformations that have taken place so far. It has a unity of thought and action in its ranks; it enjoys the love, the respect of the masses, their trust. It was reared and tempered through the many tests of time which taken together prove that it is capable of leading the people, as it has done to date, with wisdom and farsightedness, on the road of the nonstop deepening of democracy.
>The commemoration of this anniversary of the Party, Zeri i Popullit writes in conclusion, is a memorable event for the entire people, because they see that its leading force represents the most advanced thinking of the society and the great work of the country’s development. (Albanian Telegraphic Agency)