(1895–1961), Albanian statesman and ruler, prime minister 1922-4, president 1925-8, and king 1928–39; full name Ahmed Bey Zogu. He initially headed a republican government, proclaiming himself king in 1928. His autocratic rule resulted in relative political stability, but when the country was invaded by Italy in 1939 he went into exile. He abdicated in 1946 after Albania became a Communist state.
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