Ali Asllani, one of our most Albanian famous poets and intellectuals was born on November 28, 1884 in the village of Vajza in Vlora, where he also completed the elementary school, and then the High School, the famous Gymnasium “Zosimea” in 1888. Many Albanians graduated this Gymnasium, and later went on to study at various universities in Turkey but also in European countries had .

At first he was determined to study medicine but changed his mind and studied at the Higher Institute of Political-Social-Administrative Sciences in Istanbul. After school he completed an internship in the prefecture of Ioannina. In 1908 he replaced the deputy prefect of Delvina for three months and returned to Ioannina. He was one of the prominent members of the “Union” Club. For the support he offered to Ismail Qemali, he began to be persecuted by the Turkish government and even ordered to be interned in Aleppo, Syria. He managed to escape exile, crossed to Corfu and from there to Vlora. He participated in the Assembly of Dibra, as a representative of the Club “Union” of Ioannina.

In 1910, Ali Asllani returned to Istanbul, having been replaced by the ousted Cabinet. He was re-appointed deputy prefect, but on the condition that he worked in Albanian areas. Until 1912 he worked as deputy prefect in Akseqi, Elgen and Bosker of Konya Province in Anatolia. After the declaration of Independence, Ismail Qemali entrusted him with the post of Secretary General of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, where he remained until January 22, 1914. He then worked for some time as deputy prefect of Fier. After the departure of Prince Vid he went for some time to Italy and returned again where the local administration appointed him general secretary (November 10, 1915 – January 1, 1917). The Italian occupation found him deputy prefect, but, as he opposed the occupation, he was dismissed. From December 20, 1918 until November 5, 1920 he was the mayor of Vlora. From 1921 to 1922 he was chief adviser to the government and then secretary general of the prime minister. He was then appointed consul in Trieste, where he remained until the end of April 1925. In the same year he was appointed “Deputy Chargé d’Affaires” in Sofia and later, there, “First Secretary” and “Chargé d’Affaires”.  In the years 1930 – 1932 he was a minister accredited in the Greek state. In 1934 he was again mayor of Vlora until the eve of the fascist occupation of 1939, where he was appointed a member of the High Council in Tirana. Shortly afterwards he left political life and went to the village of Vajza in Vlora. After the liberation of Albania from the Nazi-fascist forces, a war which he had unreservedly supported, Ali Asllani was one of the first founders of the League of Writers and Artists of Albania. Participated in many cultural activities. His poetry was presented at all levels of education, in primary and secondary schools. He died in Tirana on December 20, 1966.

Klara Ruci

RTSH

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