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Isa Mustafa

Isa Mustafa Kosovo Albanian politician

Kosovo Albanian politician
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Kosovo Albanian politician
Countries Kosovo
Occupations Politician Educator
Gender male
Birth 15 May 1951 (Prishtina)
Star sign TaurusTaurus
Education University of Pristina
The details

Isa Mustafa ([ɪˈsɑ mʉsˈtɑfä]; born 15 May 1951) is the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo and leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK). Mustafa was Mayor of Pristina from December 2007 to December 2013.

Early life

Mustafa was born in the village of Prapashtica, in the Gollak Highlands of District of Pristina, Kosovo on 15 May 1951, to Albanian parents. He finished Primary and High School in Pristina, and attended the University of Pristina in the Faculty of Economics, where he obtained a master's degree and a PhD. In 1974, he began his professional work, as an examiner at the University of Pristina.

Political career

Isa Mustafa began his political career on the 1980s, when he became the head of the municipal government of Pristina, from 1984 to 1988. In the 1990s, as Yugoslavia started to break up, Mustafa became the Minister of Economy and Finances of the government of the Republic of Kosova, in exile, headed by Bujar Bukoshi. During this time, an arrest warrant for Mustafa was issued within Yugoslavia – which did not become international, making possible his work in Western Europe. Mustafa did not apply for any political asylum, and was able to return to Kosovo anytime if needed.

After the Kosovo War ended on 1999, he returned home, but returned to politics only in 2006 as a High Political Advisor of the then President of Kosovo, Fatmir Sejdiu.

In December 2007, he became the mayor of Pristina in local elections, beating the vice president of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and one of the ex-commanders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UÇK), Fatmir Limaj. He became Mayor of Pristina for the second time, in November 2009.

On 7 November 2010, he became the leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo, beating Fatmir Sejdiu in the party leadership election by 235 votes to 124 votes.

On 1 December 2013, he lost re-election to the position of Mayor of Pristina, in what was seen as a major upset, to upcoming politician Shpend Ahmeti. The upset was especially dramatic seeing as it happened in what had been historically known as a Democratic League of Kosovo stronghold.

On 8 December 2014, he became the Prime Minister of Kosovo in a coalition with the Democratic Party of Kosovo. With a PhD in Economics, he claimed that his government will be focused on the economic development of the country.

While addressing the Assembly of Kosovo on 22 September 2015 on an agreement with Serbia on autonomy for Kosovo's ethnic Serb minority and another agreement defining the border between Kosovo and Montenegro, Mustafa was pelted with eggs by opposition Assembly lawmakers. He later continued his address while being shielded with an umbrella by his bodyguards.


Position Portfolio Name Party
Prime Minister General Affairs Isa Mustafa LDK
First Deputy Prime Minister No Portfolio Hajredin Kuçi PDK
Deputy Prime Minister No Portfolio Ramiz Kelmendi LDK
Minister Foreign Affairs Enver Hoxhaj PDK
Minister Culture, Youth and Sports Kujtim Shala LDK
Deputy Prime Minister No Portfolio Branimir Stojanović Srpska
Minister Justice Dhurata Hoxha PDK
Minister Administration and Local Self-government Ljubomir Marić Srpska
Minister Communities and Returns Dalibor Jevtić Srpska
Minister Public Administration Mahir Yağcılar KDTP
Minister Education, Science and Technology Arsim Bajrami PDK
Minister Finances Avdullah Hoti LDK
Minister Diaspora Valon Murati LB
Minister Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development Memli Krasniqi PDK
Minister European Integration Bekim Çollaku PDK
Minister Economic Development Blerand Stavileci PDK
Minister Environment and Spatial Planning Ferid Agani PD
Minister Internal Affairs Skënder Hyseni LDK
Minister Infrastructure Lutfi Zharku LDK
Minister Trade and Industry Hikmete Bajrami LDK
Minister Health Imet Rrahmani LDK
Minister Labour and Social Welfare Arban Abrashi LDK
Minister Security Force Haki Demolli LDK
Minister No Portfolio Edita Tahiri ADK
Minister No Portfolio Rasim Demiri Vakat

Personal life

Mustafa is married to Qevsere Mustafa and has three children, two sons and a daughter.

Notes and references


a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received recognition as an independent state from 110 out of 193 United Nations member states.


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