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Ali Asllani, an Albanian poet, patriot and diplomat

  • 8/13/2021 12:03 PM
Ali Asllani, an Albanian poet, patriot and diplomat

Ali Asllani was an Albanian poet, patriot and diplomat. He was born in Vlora on November 28, 1884.

Asllani was orphaned at a young age, when he was still 6 years old.He also attended Greek school so that he could learn the Greek alphabet. In 1898 he began to study at the Zosimea School in Ioannina. During this period he began to compose poetry in Turkish and Persian.

He went to study medicine in Istanbul, but after a year he left. With the help of Ismail Qemal Vlora and Mulla Xhaferr Drashovica he was able to pass the entrance exam to the Higher Administrative Institute "Mülkiye" in Istanbul, where he graduated in 1906.

After school he completed an internship in 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 his support of Ismail Qemali, he was persecuted by the Ottoman government and even ordered to be interned in Aleppo, Syria. He managed to escape exile, moved 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 he returned to Istanbul, after the fall of the cabinet that exiled him. He was re-appointed deputy prefect with the intervention of Shahin bey Kolonja, but on the condition that he could work 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 Vidi 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. In the years 1930 – 1932 he was a minister accredited in the Greek state.

In 1934 he was again the 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.

With the advent of the communist regime he was among the first founders of the Writers and Artists League. He died in Tirana on December 20, 1966.

Literary works

Asllani has published poems since a young age. He became famous with the poem "Hanko - Aunt" which was published in 1942.

The translation of the second half of the 1940s of the memoirs of Syrja bej Vlora was found in the manuscript, a translation which from the dialect used and from the initials A.A., is thought to be that of Ali Asllani.

A few years before his death some of his books could be published. Here are some books published in 1960-66.

"Vidi - vidi pigeon" (1960),

"Albania the most important" (1961),

"Girls and Swallows" (1964),

"When Lightning Fires" (1966) was published posthumously/"Albanian Poetry" 1973.

He is the author of the famous song "Vlora, Vlora"and the poem”Appeal”.