17 August 2012Albanian President Bujar Nishani's decision to dismiss the head of intelligence services and appoint the deputy minister of innovation, Visho Ajazi Lika, to the post is being criticised as an invasion of the secret service institution.
According to the Albanian media, Bahri Shaqiri learned of his August 9th dismissal as head of the Albanian State Information Service (SIS) from radio news reports while on vacation.
Prime Minister Sali Berisha proposed Lika for the post and Nishani approved him without a public debate.
In the past, Berisha had accused Shaqiri for collaborating with the socialists, identifying him as one of the masterminds of the government overthrow last year. In early 2011, four protesters were killed by the republican guard in a violent demonstration in front of the prime minister's office.