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Background and early lifeEdit

He was active in Kosovo politics throughout the 1980s, and occupied a number of important economic positions within the SAP Kosovo autonomic province and Yugoslavia as a whole. On 14 April 1989 he was elected a member of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia from Kosovo.

Prime Minister of KosovoEdit

On 4 December 1989 Zejnullahu was elected Prime Minister (Chairman of the Executive Council) of the Socialist Autonomous Province of Kosovo, then part of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

On 3 April 1990 he and a number of other ethnic Albanian members of the Provincial Executive Council, including one of the two vice-premiers, offered their resignations, in protest at Slobodan Milošević’s measures in the region, and the handling of the separatist unrest by the local Communist Party of Kosovo.

At the 23 May session the Kosovo Assembly rejected these resignations, and the officials continued in their posts.

Declaration of SecessionEdit

Zejnullahu was later involved in the declaration of secession of July 2, 1990, after which Kosovo's Assembly and Executive Council were dissolved. He was later designated Prime Minister-in-exile of Kosovo's shadow provincial government, and arrested for his pro-independence activities.

Emigration to the United StatesEdit

In 1999 he emigrated to the United States, where he remains.[1]


  1. ^ 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 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognized as an independent state by 112 out of 193 United Nations member states, while 12 states have recognized Kosovo only to later withdraw their recognition.