Rural Albanian parliament speaker turns into hit with emotional speech

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times October 4, 2017 12:56

Rural Albanian parliament speaker turns into hit with emotional speech

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  • "Rural Albania needs to be reborn, renewed, resuscitated. Let's call it what you want, rural areas need human capital to stop the the abandonment trends and build the roads of return," says Rigerta Loku, an intellectual turned goat farmer

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TIRANA, Oct. 2 – Rigerta Loku, an Italian-educated intellectual who has gone back to her home village to raise livestock, has become a surprise hit with an emotional and eloquent speech in front of parliament.

In tears, she urged Albanian politicians to do more for rural Albania, which is being emptied of its people due to lack of infrastructure and services.

“Rural Albania needs to be reborn, renewed, resuscitated. Let’s call it what you want, rural areas need human capital to stop the abandonment trend and build the roads of return,” she said.

Many MPs were seen touched by the speech, which went viral on social media, drawing both praise and criticism from common Albanians.

Loku, who was born in the mountainous northern Mirdita region, where she lives with her husband and her children, managing a goat farm, is an unlikely farmer.

A graduate of the prestigious La Sapienza University in Rome she holds graduate degrees in political science and international relations.

She has said in previous interviews she went to raising goats because no one would give her a job in Albania, even though she applied to many state institutions.

 

 

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times October 4, 2017 12:56