Albania, one of Eastern Europe's more independent communist nations, has introduced a new constitution putting the nation even further into isolationism.
SV Albanian Communist Party leader Enver Hoxha leads officials onto platform in Albanian People's Assembly
SVS & CU Delegates applaud and sit (3 shots)
CU & LVS Hoxha addressing Assembly (3 shots)
SV (FOLLOWING DAY) Assembly delegates seated
CU Aranit Cela, Juristical Commission Chairman, addressing Assembly
SV PAN Assembly members raising hands in vote
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. Experienced political observers in Vienna, Austria, the usual Western outlet for Albanian news, report that Mr Hoxha's speech confirms a cooling in relations with China. The key to this was Mr Hoxha's omission of any reference to China, and his statement to the People's Assembly that Albania would rely only on its own military forces, and its own financial resources.
The day after approving the new constitution, the People's Assembly also voted for a new five year plan calling for an increase of 41-44 per cent in industrial production by 1980.
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Background: Albania, one of Eastern Europe's more independent communist nations, has introduced a new constitution putting the nation even further into isolationism. The People's assembly voted unanimously in favour of the new constitution, which prohibits joint commercial deals with either the West, or with Soviet bloc nations. It also banns foreign troops from Albanian territory, even for peaceful purposes like joint military ventures.
The draft constitution was introduced by Albanian leader Enver Hoxha, the Communist party Chief, who led senior officials into the Assembly for the opening of the new session. The new legislation banns what it calls 'all connections with capitalist, bourgeois and revisionist states'. The Albanians regard the Soviet Union and other East European communist nations as revisionist, in the sense they have revised basic Stalinist dogma.
Mr. Hoxha's introduction contained a sharp attack on the Soviet Union. He said the new constitution forbade any Albanian to ask for foreign intervention -- because the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968 under the pretext that they had been asked to intervene by Czechoslovakians. He made no mention of China, which has given Albania massive aid over the past 15 years. The new constitution comes into immediate effect.