VIENNA, JAN. 18 -- Moslems were allowed to pray at a mosque in the Albanian capital today for the first time in more than 20 years and, in another sign of reform, Albania proposed legalizing strikes.
Albania, which had been the last haven for hard-line Communists in Eastern Europe, began introducing gradual changes last year. A ban on religion was lifted in November.
About 10,000 people gathered for the first Friday prayers at Tirana's Ethem-Bej mosque since the late Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha outlawed religion in 1967, the Yugoslav news agency HINA reported from the Albanian capital of Tirana.
About 70 percent of Albania's 3.2 million people are thought to be Moslem, 20 percent Greek Orthodox and 10 percent Roman Catholic.
Meanwhile, the government proposed to alter several laws in keeping with its newly declared commitment to democratic principles.
It forwarded to the presidium of the parliament draft decrees on legalizing strikes, creating a "financial police" to crack down on speculators, allowing early retirement and increasing private activity in trade and services, the state news agency ATA said.
However, the proposal allowing strikes stipulates that the presidium can suspend work stoppages if it deems it necessary for the national interest, ATA said.