Mahmut Bakalli

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Mahmut Bakalli
5th President of the League of Communists of Kosovo
In office
June 28, 1971 – 6 May 1981
Prime MinisterIlija Vakić
Bogoljub Nedeljković
Bahri Oruçi
Riza Sapunxhiu
Preceded byVeli Deva
Succeeded byVeli Deva
Personal details
Born(1936-01-19)January 19, 1936
Gjakova, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (now Kosovo[b])
DiedApril 14, 2006(2006-04-14) (aged 70)
Pristina, Kosovo,
Political partyAlliance for the Future of Kosovo (from 2001)
League of Communists of Kosovo (until 1989)
Alma materUniversity of Belgrade
ProfessionSociologist, Politician

Mahmut Bakalli[a] (19 January 1936 – 14 April 2006) was a Kosovar Albanian politician.

Bakalli began his political career in the youth organization of the League of Communists of Kosovo, eventually becoming its leader in 1961. In 1967, he became head of the party's Prishtina chapter. As he rose through the ranks, he was elected to the Central Committee of the party's Serbian chapter, and to the Presidium of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia's Central Committee.

Bakalli led the Communist Party in Kosovo during the late 1970s and early 1980s, but resigned after disagreeing with the way the 1981 protests by ethnic Albanian students were handled by Kosovo's own police, headed by Rahman Morina. Bakalli then spent two years under house arrest, before being expelled from the party. He was after that allowed to work in the province's Science Association until retirement, but was forced out when Slobodan Milošević increased Serbian control over Kosovo in the late 1980s.

He was a member of the Assembly of Kosovo from 2001. He also worked as an adviser to prime minister Agim Çeku. He graduated from the University of Belgrade's Faculty of Political Science.

In 2002, Bakalli was the first witness to testify at The Hague International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at the trial of Slobodan Milošević.

He died of throat cancer at the age of 70. He had a wife and three daughters.


a.   ^ Albanian spelling: Mahmut Bakalli, Serbo-Croat spelling: Махмут Бакали, Mahmut Bakali.
b.   ^ 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 been recognized as an independent state by 112 out of 193 United Nations member states. 10 states have recognized Kosovo only to later withdraw their recognition.


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