Isa Mustafa ([iˈsa musˈtafa] (listen); born 15 May 1951) is a retired Kosovar politician. Mustafa was the mayor of Pristina from December 2007 to December 2013 and served as the 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.

Isa Mustafa
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2nd Prime Minister of Kosovo
In office
9 December 2014 – 9 September 2017
PresidentAtifete Jahjaga
Hashim Thaçi
DeputyHashim Thaçi
Hajredin Kuçi
Kujtim Shala
Branimir Stojanović
Ramiz Kelmendi
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 71)
Pristina, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
(now Kosovo)
Political partyDemocratic League
SpouseQevsere Mustafa
Alma materUniversity of Pristina

Early lifeEdit

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 careerEdit

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.


Personal lifeEdit

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

Notes and referencesEdit


a. ^ The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo is formally recognised as an independent state by 100 UN member states (with another 13 states recognising it at some point but then withdrawing their recognition) and 93 states not recognizing it, while Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory.


  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. ^ Facebook Retrieved July 10, 2020. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Prime Minister's Biography – Isa Mustafa". Kosovo Prime Minister's Office.

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Political offices
New office Minister of Economy and Finances
Position abolished
Preceded by Mayor of Pristina
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Kosovo
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Leader of the Democratic League
Succeeded by