Isa Mustafa ([iˈsa musˈtafa] (listen); 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.
|2nd Prime Minister of Kosovo|
9 December 2014 – 9 September 2017
|Preceded by||Hashim Thaçi|
|Succeeded by||Ramush Haradinaj|
|Mayor of Pristina|
14 December 2007 – 26 December 2013
|Preceded by||Ismet Beqiri|
|Succeeded by||Shpend Ahmeti|
|Leader of the Democratic League|
7 November 2010 – 14 March 2021
|Preceded by||Fatmir Sejdiu|
|Succeeded by||Lumir Abdixhiku|
|Minister of Economy and Finance|
|Prime Minister||Bujar Bukoshi|
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Born||15 May 1951|
Pristina, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
|Political party||Democratic League|
|Alma mater||University of Pristina|
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. 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.
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. 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 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.
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 won a second term as Mayor of Pristina 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.
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.
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. 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.
|Prime Minister||General Affairs||Isa Mustafa||LDK|
|First Deputy Prime Minister||No Portfolio||Hajredin Kuçi||PDK|
|Deputy Prime Minister||No Portfolio||Kujtim Shala|
|Minister||Foreign Affairs||Hashim Thaçi|
|Minister||Culture, Youth and Sports||Kujtim Shala|
|Deputy Prime Minister||No Portfolio||Branimir Stojanović||Srpska|
|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||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||Trade and Industry||Hikmete Bajrami||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|
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. 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 96 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states are said to have recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.|
- "Biografia" (in Albanian). isamustafa.info. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Lawmakers Throw Eggs At Kosovo's Prime Minister". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. September 22, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
- https://www.facebook.com/IsaMustafaKS/. Retrieved July 10, 2020. Missing or empty
- "Prime Minister's Biography – Isa Mustafa". Kosovo Prime Minister's Office.