Albania's Ramiz Alia dies at age 85

Albania's last communist President Ramiz Alia has died in the capital Tirana. He was 85.
Alia was elected president in the country's first pluralistic elections in 1991, a few months after the fall of the communist regime.
He resigned a year later when the then-opposition newly created Democratic Party won March 1992 polls. He was followed by Sali Berisha, now the country's prime minister.
Alia had taken over the leadership of the party following the death of communist dictator Enver Hoxha in 1985.
He died Friday at about 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) of lung complications, according to presidential spokeswoman Mimoza Kociu.
Alia is survived by two daughters and a son.