Lala Mustafa Pasha
|Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire|
28 April 1580 – 7 August 1580
|Preceded by||Şemsi Pasha|
|Succeeded by||Koca Sinan Pasha|
Sokolovići, Sanjak of Bosnia, Ottoman Empire
|Died||7 August 1580
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
|Relations||Sokollu Mehmed Pasha (relative)|
He was born around 1500, apparently near the Glasinac Plateau in Bosnia, the younger brother of Deli Husrev Pasha, who apparently helped him rise through the system's ranks more quickly.
The honorific "Lala" means "tutor to the Sultan"; he was tutor to Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent's sons, including Şehzade Bayezid. Apparently, he was in agreement with Bayezid's decision to rebel against his father, although he did not openly support him in a financial or military way. He also had a long-standing feud with his cousin, Sokollu Mehmed Pasha. 
He commanded the Ottoman land forces during the conquest of previously Venetian Cyprus in 1570/71, and in the campaign against Georgia and Persia in 1578. During the campaign on Cyprus, Lala Mustafa Pasha, who was known for his cruelty towards vanquished opponents, ordered the Venetian commander of Famagusta Marco Antonio Bragadin and other Venetian military officers flayed alive, even though he had promised safe passage upon surrendering the city to the Turkish army. This was a response to Bragadin's murder of a convoy of Muslim pilgrims whose safety he had promised. It also meant that Mustafa had indicated his aggressive intentions to the Sultanate. (reference The Great Sea, David Abulafia)
In the final three months of his life, he was Grand Vizier from 28 April 1580 until his death. He is buried in the courtyard of the Eyüp Sultan Mosque in Istanbul. His tomb was designed by Ottoman architect Sinan.
He has a street named after him in cities including Larnaca, Cyprus. His invasion and brutal treatment of the Venetian leaders in Cyprus led to Pope Pius V promoting a Roman Catholic coalition against the Ottomans which turned into the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.
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|Ottoman Governor of Egypt (acting)
Semiz Ali Pasha
|Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
28 April 1580 – 7 August 1580
Koca Sinan Pasha