THE GOVERNMENT APPARATUS
The government apparatus, like that of the party, was in a transitional,
reformist phase in early 1992. Following the upheavals of 1990
and 1991, which left the economy shattered, much of the country's
infrastructure damaged, and parts of the education and welfare
systems inoperative, the regime was becoming more democratic and
more responsive to the demands of the Albanian people. This shift
was reflected, above all, in the introduction of a new electoral
system, which for the first time allowed people to choose among
several candidates in electing representatives to the legislature.
The organs of government described here were provided for in the
1976 constitution. However, changes were introduced in April 1991,
when the People's Assembly passed the Law on Major Constitutional
Provisions (see Multiparty System, this ch.).
Data as of April 1992