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.
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.
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.
|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||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||Bekim Çollaku||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||Arban Abrashi||LDK|
|Minister||Security Force||Haki Demolli||LDK|
|Minister||No Portfolio||Edita Tahiri||ADK|
|Minister||No Portfolio||Rasim Demiri||Vakat|
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.|