Isa Mustafa

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Isa Mustafa
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2nd Prime Minister of Kosovo
In office
9 December 2014 – 9 September 2017
PresidentAtifete Jahjaga
Hashim Thaçi
Preceded byHashim Thaçi
Succeeded byRamush Haradinaj
Mayor of Pristina
In office
14 December 2007 – 26 December 2013
Preceded byIsmet Beqiri
Succeeded byShpend Ahmeti
Leader of the Democratic League
In office
7 November 2010 – 14 March 2021
Preceded byFatmir Sejdiu
Succeeded byLumir Abdixhiku
Minister of Economy and Finance
In office
Prime MinisterBujar Bukoshi
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Born (1951-05-15) 15 May 1951 (age 70)
Pristina, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
(now Kosovo)
Political partyDemocratic League
Spouse(s)Qevsere Mustafa
Alma materUniversity of Pristina

Isa Mustafa ([iˈsa musˈtafa] (About this soundlisten); born 15 May 1951) is a retired Kosovar politician. Mustafa was Mayor of Pristina from December 2007 to December 2013 and served as Prime Minister of Kosovo[a] between December 2014 and September 2017. He was the leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) between 2010 and 2021.

Early life[edit]

Mustafa was born in the village of Prapashtica, in the Gollak Highlands of the District of Pristina, Kosovo on 15 May 1951, to Kosovo Albanian parents.[1] 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.[1] In 1974 he began his professional work, as an examiner at the University of Pristina.[1]

Political career[edit]

Isa Mustafa began his political career in the early 1980s, when he became the head of the municipal government of Pristina, from 1984 to 1988.[1] 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.[1] During this time, an arrest warrant for Mustafa was issued within Yugoslavia – which did not become international, making it possible for him to work in Western Europe. Mustafa did not apply for any political asylum, and was able to return to Kosovo anytime if needed.[1]

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.[2] He won a second term as Mayor of Pristina in November 2009.[2]

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.[3]

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 his government would be focused on the economic development of the country.

While addressing the Assembly of Kosovo on 22 September 2015 regarding 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.[4]

On 10 May 2017, Mustafa lost a vote of no-confidence and decided not to stand in the next election. Instead he nominated Avdullah Hoti as the Democratic League candidate for prime minister. Mustafa stayed on as Prime Minister until his successor Ramush Haradinaj was elected by parliament in September 2017 following a parliamentary election.

On 3 August 2019, Isa Mustafa was re-elected as leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo for the third time.

On 10 July 2020, Mustafa announced on his Facebook page that he was diagnosed with COVID-19.[5] On 1 August 2020, he revealed on his Facebook page that he had fully recovered from the disease.

On 15 February 2021, Mustafa announced he would be standing down as the leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo after a poor result in the 2021 elections. He officially resigned at the LDK convention on 14 March 2021, and was succeeded by Lumir Abdixhiku, who named Mustafa as the honorary president of LDK the same day.


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 Kujtim Shala
Ramiz Kelmendi
Minister Foreign Affairs Hashim Thaçi
Enver Hoxhaj
Minister Culture, Youth and Sports Kujtim Shala
Vlora Dumoshi
Deputy Prime Minister No Portfolio Branimir Stojanović Srpska
Minister Justice Hajredin Kuçi
Dhurata Hoxha
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
Agim Krasniqi
Minister Diaspora Valon Murati LB
Minister Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development Memli Krasniqi PDK
Minister European Integration Mimoza Ahmetaj PDK
Minister Economic Development Blerand Stavileci PDK
Minister Environment and Spatial Planning Ferid Agani PD
Minister Internal Affairs Skënder Hyseni LDK
Minister Infrastructure Hanefi Muharremi LDK
Minister Trade and Industry Hikmete Bajrami LDK
Minister Health Imet Rrahmani LDK
Minister Labour and Social Welfare Safet Kamberi LDK
Minister Security Force Haki Demolli LDK
Minister No Portfolio Edita Tahiri ADK
Minister No Portfolio Rasim Demiri Vakat

Personal life[edit]

Mustafa is married to Qevsere Mustafa and has three children, two sons and a daughter.[6]

Notes and references[edit]


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. 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 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 97 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states are said to have recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Biografia" (in Albanian). Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Local Election in Kosovo: Independence accomplished - New goals ahead for Kosovo". World Security Network. 28 October 2009. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Mustafa: Nuk i kam blerë votat" (in Albanian). Gazeta Express. 7 November 2010. Archived from the original on 16 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Lawmakers Throw Eggs At Kosovo's Prime Minister". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. September 22, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  5. ^ Retrieved July 10, 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Prime Minister's Biography – Isa Mustafa". Kosovo Prime Minister's Office.

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