This Albanian Town Just Made Donald Trump an Honorary Citizen

Albanians celebrate Trump victory
Albanian taxi driver Uljan Kolgjegja holds a flare as he celebrates the victory of Republican candidate Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election, Tirana, November 9. The nearby town of Kamez voted Wednesday to make Trump an honorary citizen. Gent Shkullaku/AFP/Getty

A poverty-stricken Albanian town that adorns its streets with signs named after George W. Bush and Silvio Berlusconi has chosen to honor the international community's newest political heavyweight, Donald Trump.

Authorities in Kamza, located on the outskirts of the Albanian capital Tirana, unanimously agreed to declare U.S. President-elect Donald Trump an honorary citizen in a vote Wednesday.

The town hall said that the construction magnate, who secured the presidency in a November 8 election victory over Hillary Clinton, was deserving of the honor "as a revolutionary model of the new democratic order, an economic expert, a foreign policy negotiator, a popular shrewd communicator and a leader of the modern times."

While Trump's victory has sparked protests and uproar across the U.S. because of his divisive rhetoric, Kamza celebrated Trump as a political leader "offering the best hope for all Americans who rightly feel themselves betrayed by the political class."

The town is run by Xhelal Mziu, an opposition center-right Democratic Party that was behind the road signs of world cities, such as New York, Paris, London and Berlin, and famous personalities.

Trump's ascent throughout the presidential race seemed to divide Albania's ruling elite and the Albanian people. While an Albanian taxi driver covered his entire car in pictures of Trump, saying that the images had drawn more business for him in Tirana than ever, the Muslim-majority country's Prime Minister Edi Rama said in April that Trump is the "shame of our civilization."

He said that the then Republican candidate was "embarrassing America in the eyes of the world and in the eyes of all that see America as the shining city on the hill" and "exploiting a void of lack of information, lack of education, [and] lack of culture about religions, about faiths."

Just a month before the election, Rama said "God forbid" that Trump should be elected as U.S. president, before changing his tone after Trump secured victory.

"Congratulating President Trump on his victory and the success that the Americans and partners of the United States wish to that great country, I am convinced that our strategic relation with the United States of America, will continue to strengthen in the best interest of our joint values, which make Albania a precious ally of the people and the government of the U.S."