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Mehmet Shehu

Personal data
Date of birthJanuary 10, 1913
Place of birthÇorrush, Albania
Date of deathDecember 17, 1981(age 68)
Place of deathTirana, Albania
Political partyParty of Labour of Albania
Religionnone (atheist)
2nd Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Socialist People's Republic of Albania
In officeJuly 20, 1954 - December 17, 1981
Succeeded byAdil Çarçani
Preceded byEnver Hoxha

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Mehmet Ismail Shehu (January 10, 1913 December 17, 1981) was an Albanian communist politician who served as premier of Albania from 1954 to 1981. As an acknowledged military tactician, without whose leadership the communist partisans may well have failed in their battle to win Albania for the Marxist cause, Shehu was ruthless and exhibited an ideological zeal that singled him out for rapid promotion in the communist ranks. Mehmet Shehu shared power with Enver Hoxha from the end of the Second World War. He allegedly committed suicide on December 17, 1981 (although it is thought that his boss Enver Hoxha had him killed) after which the entire Shehu clan (his wife, sons and other of his relatives) were arrested and imprisoned while Mehmet Shehu himself was denounced as "one of the most dangerous traitors and enemies of his country".

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