Kastriot Islami

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Kastriot Islami
Chairman of the Parliament of Albania
In office
17 April 1991 – 6 April 1992
Preceded by Petro Dode
Succeeded by Pjetër Arbnori
61st Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
29 December 2003 – 12 September 2005
Prime Minister Fatos Nano
Preceded by Luan Hajdaraga Acting
Succeeded by Besnik Mustafaj
Personal details
Born (1952-08-18) 18 August 1952 (age 66)
Tirana, Albania
Nationality Albanian
Political party Democratic Party
Residence Tirana

Kastriot Selman Islami (born August 18, 1952 in Tirana, Albania) is an Albanian politician. He was Chairman of the Parliament of Albania from April 17, 1991 to April 6, 1992. On April 3, 1992, when the last communist president, Ramiz Alia resigned, Islami served as acting president for three days. During the presidency of Sali Berisha (1992–1997) Islami had no important positions in the government, but from 1997 to 2005 he was an important person in the government again. Most prominently he was foreign minister from 2003 to 2005, but lost his position in the cabinet when a new government was formed with Berisha as prime minister after the 2005 elections. He returned to Democratic party in 7 May 2013 after he left the Socialist Party in March.

Islami has held the positions of:

  • Member of the Parliament of Albania (1991–present)
  • Minister of Education (1991)
  • Chairman of the Parliament of Albania (1991–1992)
  • Minister of State (1997–1998)
  • Deputy Prime Minister (April 1998 – October 1998)
  • Minister of Finance (February 2002 – December 2003)
  • 60th Minister of Foreign Affairs (December 12, 2003 – September 11, 2005)


  • Political Parties in Albania 1912-2006, Afrim Krasniqi, Tirana, 2007.

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