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President of the Government of Croatia
Predsjednik / Predsjednica Vlade Hrvatske
Andrej Plenković 2017.jpg
Incumbent
Andrej Plenković

since 19 October 2016
Style His Excellency[1]
Appointer Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
President of the Republic
Term length At the pleasure of the parliamentary majority. Parliamentary elections must be held no later than 60 days after the expiration of a full parliamentary term of 4 years, but an incumbent Prime Minister shall remain in office in a caretaker capacity until a new government is confirmed in Parliament and sworn in by its Speaker.
Inaugural holder Stjepan Mesić (de facto after first multi-party election)
Josip Manolić (de jure under current Constitution)
Formation 30 May 1990 (de facto after first multi-party election)
22 December 1990 (de jure under current Constitution)
Website www.vlada.hr
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The Prime Minister of Croatia (Croatian: Premijer/ Premijerka Hrvatske), officially the President of the Government of the Republic of Croatia (Croatian: Predsjednik/ Predsjednica Vlade Republike Hrvatske), is Croatia's head of government, and is de facto the most powerful and influential state officeholder in the Croatian system of government. Following the first-time establishment of the office in 1945, the 1990-2001 semi-presidential period is the only exception where the President of Croatia held de facto authority. In the formal Croatian order of precedence, however, the position of prime minister is the third highest state office, after the President of the Republic and the Speaker of the Parliament.

The Constitution of Croatia prescribes that "Parliament supervises the Government" (Article 81) and that "the President of the Republic ensures the regular and balanced functioning and stability of government" (as a whole; Article 94), while the Government is introduced in Article 108.[2] Since 2000, the prime minister has had various added constitutional powers and is mentioned before the Government itself in the text of the Constitution, in Articles 87, 97, 99, 100, 101, 103, 104.[2] The current Prime Minister of Croatia is Andrej Plenković. The Government of Croatia meets in Banski dvori, a historical building located on the west side of St. Mark's Square in Zagreb.

Name[edit]

The official name of the office, literally translated, is "President of the Government" (Predsjednik Vlade), rather than "Prime Minister" (Prvi Ministar). When the office was first established in 1945, the name "President of the Government" was introduced. The name of the office was changed 8 years later with the Yugoslav constitutional reforms of 1953, into "President of the Executive Council" (Predsjednik Izvršnog vijeća). After another round of constitutional reforms in 1990, the office was renamed back to its original 1945-1953 title of "President of the Government". For all periods, however, the term "Prime Minister" is colloquially used (especially in the media) in English-language usage.

History[edit]

The Royal Government of the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia (1868-1918) was headed by Ban (Viceroy), who represented the King. The first head of government of Croatia as a constituent republic of Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia was Vladimir Bakarić, who assumed the position on 14 April 1945. The position was then, as it is today, the most powerful public office in the state (the only historical exception being the extremely powerful semi-presidential system used from 1990 until 2000, during which the President was by far the most significant figure in the government hierarchy). In post-World War II Socialist Republic of Croatia, a single-party system was in place. During this time there were twelve heads of government (using the title President of the Executive Council), all from the ranks of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (KPJ), which was reformed and renamed into the League of Communists of Yugoslavia (SKJ) in 1952. The federal party was organized into six sub-organizations - the republic parties, one for each of the six federal republics. Croatian politicians and prime ministers of the period were members of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia through their membership in the League of Communists of Croatia (SKH), the Croatian part of the federal party (as was respectively the case with all Yugoslav politicians). The office remained the central post of Croatian politics in spite of the institution of a collective Presidency in 1974 (previously the mostly-nominal function of the head of state belonged to the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, the Sabor).

After the constitutional amendments that allowed for multi-party elections in Croatia, the Parliament enacted amendments to the constitution (25 July) which eliminated socialist references and adopted new national symbols. The newly elected tricameral Parliament proceeded to change the Constitution of Croatia, and on 22 December 1990, this so-called "Christmas Constitution" fundamentally defined the Republic of Croatia and its governmental structure. From the 1990 constitutional reforms onward Croatia was a semi-presidential republic, which meant the President of Croatia had broad executive powers (further expanded with laws to a point of superpresidentialism), including the appointment and dismissal of the Prime Minister and other officials in the government. During this period, lasting until constitutional amendments in late 2000, Croatia had seven prime ministers. The first Prime Minister of Croatia since the 1990 constitutional reforms was Stjepan Mesić, assuming office on 30 May 1990.[3][4]

Following the May 1991 independence referendum in which 93% of voters approved secession, Croatia formally proclaimed independence from Yugoslavia on 25 June 1991, with Josip Manolić continuing in the role of prime minister as head of government of an independent Croatia. However, the country then signed the July 1991 Brijuni Agreement in which it agreed to postpone further activities towards severing ties with Yugoslavia. Meanwhile, the Croatian War of Independence ensued, and Franjo Gregurić was appointed to lead a Government of National Unity. In October the same year, Croatia formally severed all remaining legal ties with the Yugoslav Federation.

Following the January 2000 general election the winning centre-left coalition led by the Social Democratic Party amended the Constitution and effectively stripped the President of most of his executive powers, strengthening the role of the Parliament and the Prime Minister, turning Croatia into a parliamentary republic. The Prime Minister again (as before 1990) became the foremost post in Croatian politics.

To date there have been twelve Prime Ministers who have chaired 14 governments since the first multi-party elections. Nine Prime Ministers were members of the Croatian Democratic Union during their terms of office, two were members of the Social Democratic Party and one was not a member of any political party. Since independence there has been one female Prime Minister (Jadranka Kosor), while Savka Dabčević-Kučar was the first woman (not only in Croatia, but in Europe) to hold an office equivalent to a head of government as Chairman of the Executive Council of the Socialist Republic of Croatia (1967-1969).

List of officeholders[edit]

Socialist Republic of Croatia (1945–1991)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Election Term of office
(Tenure)
Party Cabinet & Composition General
Secretary
(Term)
Vladimir Bakarić (1).jpg Vladimir Bakarić
(1912–1983)
14 April 1945

18 December 1953
KPH
Communist Party of Croatia

(Before 1952)
Bakarić KPH Vladimir
Bakarić

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(1944–1969)
SKH
League of Communists of Croatia

(Since 1952)
1st Executive
Council
SKH
8 years, 8 months and 4 days
Jakov Blažević.jpg Jakov Blažević
(1912–1996)
18 December 1953

10 July 1962
SKH
League of Communists of Croatia
2nd Executive
Council
SKH
3rd Executive
Council
8 years, 6 months and 22 days
Unknown-person.gif Zvonko Brkić
(1912–1977)
10 July 1962

27 June 1963
SKH
League of Communists of Croatia
4th Executive
Council
SKH
11 months and 17 days
Mika Špiljak.jpg Mika Špiljak
(1916–2007)
27 June 1963

11 May 1967
SKH
League of Communists of Croatia
5th Executive
Council
SKH
3 years, 10 months and 14 days
Savka Dabčević-Kučar.jpg Savka Dabčević-Kučar
(1923–2009)
11 May 1967

8 May 1969
SKH
League of Communists of Croatia
6th Executive
Council
SKH
1 year, 11 months and 27 days
Dragutin Haramija.jpg Dragutin Haramija
(1923–2012)
8 May 1969

28 December 1971
SKH
League of Communists of Croatia
7th Executive
Council
SKH Savka
Dabčević
Kučar

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(1969–1971)
2 years, 7 months and 20 days
Ivo Perisin.jpg Ivo Perišin
(1925–2008)
28 December 1971

8 May 1974
SKH
League of Communists of Croatia
8th Executive
Council
SKH Milka
Planinc

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(1971–1982)
2 years, 4 months and 10 days
Jakov Sitotković.jpg Jakov Sirotković
(1922–2002)
8 May 1974

9 May 1978
SKH
League of Communists of Croatia
9th Executive
Council
SKH
4 years and 1 day
Petar Fleković.jpg Petar Fleković
(1932–)
9 May 1978

July 1982
SKH
League of Communists of Croatia
10th Executive
Council
SKH
4 years and 1 or 2 months
Ante Marković
(1924–2011)
July 1982

20 November 1985
SKH
League of Communists of Croatia
11th Executive
Council
SKH Jure Bilić
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(1982–1983)
Josip Vrhovec
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(1983–1984)
3 years and 3 or 4 months Mika Špiljak
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(1984–1986)
Ema Derosi-Bjelajac.jpg Ema Derossi-Bjelajac
(1926–)
20 November 1985

10 May 1986
SKH
League of Communists of Croatia
12th Executive
Council
SKH
5 months and 20 days
Unknown-person.gif Antun Milović
(1934–2008)
10 May 1986

30 May 1990
SKH
League of Communists of Croatia

(Before January 1990)
13th Executive
Council
SKH Stanko
Stojčević

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(1986–1989)
SDP
Social Democratic Party

(Since January 1990)
SDP Ivica Račan
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(1989–1990)
4 years and 20 days

Republic of Croatia (1991–present)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Election Term of office
(Tenure)
Party Cabinet & Composition President
(Term)
Mesic crop.jpg Stjepan Mesić
(1934–)
1990 30 May 1990

24 August 1990
HDZ
Croatian Democratic Union
14th Executive
Council
(Informally Mesić)
HDZ Franjo
Tuđman

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(1990–1999)
2 months and 25 days
Josip Manolic crop1.jpg Josip Manolić
(1920–)
24 August 1990

25 June 1991
HDZ
Croatian Democratic Union
Manolić HDZ
25 June 1991

17 July 1991
10 months and 23 days
Unknown-person.gif Franjo Gregurić
(1939–)
17 July 1991

12 August 1992
HDZ
Croatian Democratic Union
Gregurić National Unity Government
(HDZ • SDP • HSLS • HSLS
 • HNS • HKDU • HDS • SSH)
1 year and 26 days
Hrvoje Šarinić.jpg Hrvoje Šarinić
(1935–2017)
1992 12 August 1992

3 April 1993
HDZ
Croatian Democratic Union
Šarinić HDZ
7 months and 22 days
Nikica Valentic table crop.jpg Nikica Valentić
(1950–)
3 April 1993

7 November 1995
HDZ
Croatian Democratic Union
Valentić HDZ
2 years, 7 months and 4 days
Zlatko Mateša.jpg Zlatko Mateša
(1949–)
1995 7 November 1995

27 January 2000
HDZ
Croatian Democratic Union
Mateša HDZ
4 years, 2 months and 20 days Stjepan
Mesić

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(2000–2010)
Ivica Račan facingleft.jpg Ivica Račan
(1944–2007)
2000 27 January 2000

23 December 2003
SDP
Social Democratic Party
Račan I SDP • HSLS • HNS • HSS
Račan II SDP • HSLS • HNS
3 years, 10 months and 26 days
Sanader cropped.jpg Ivo Sanader
(1953–)
2003 23 December 2003

6 July 2009
HDZ
Croatian Democratic Union
Sanader I HDZ • DC
2007 Sanader II HDZ
5 years, 6 months and 13 days
Jadranka Kosor Prime Minister.jpg Jadranka Kosor
(1953–)
6 July 2009

23 December 2011
HDZ
Croatian Democratic Union
Kosor HDZ • HSLS[a] • HSS • SDSS
2 years, 5 months and 17 days Ivo
Josipović

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(2010–2015)
16 obljetnica vojnoredarstvene operacije Oluja 04082011 Zoran Milanovic 38.jpg Zoran Milanović
(1966–)
2011 23 December 2011

22 January 2016
SDP
Social Democratic Party
Milanović SDP • HNS • IDS
4 years and 30 days Kolinda
Grabar
Kitarović

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(2015–present)
TihomirOreskovic.jpg Tihomir Orešković
(1966–)
2015 22 January 2016

19 October 2016
Independent Orešković HDZ • MOST
8 months and 27 days
Andrej Plenković 2017.jpg Andrej Plenković
(1970–)
2016 19 October 2016

Incumbent
HDZ
Croatian Democratic Union
Plenković Before 28 April 2017:
HDZ • MOST
From 28 April to 9 June 2017:
HDZ
Since 9 June 2017:
HDZ • HNS
1 year, 8 months and 28 days

Notes[edit]

^† Died in office / ^‡ assassinated.
  Denotes pre-independence Prime Ministers
  1. ^ Before 12 October 2010.

Statistics[edit]

# Prime Minister Age at ascension
(first term)
Time in office
(total)
Age at retirement
(last term)
1 Mesić, StjepanStjepan Mesić 55 15755 years, 157 days 00 0860 years, 86 days 55 24355 years, 243 days
2 Manolić, JosipJosip Manolić 70 15570 years, 155 days 00 3270 years, 327 days 71 11771 years, 117 days
3 Gregurić, FranjoFranjo Gregurić 51 27851 years, 278 days 01 0261 year, 26 days 52 30552 years, 305 days
4 Szarinić, HrvojeHrvoje Šarinić 57 17757 years, 177 days 00 2340 years, 234 days 58 04558 years, 45 days
5 Valentić, NikicaNikica Valentić 42 13042 years, 130 days 02 2182 years, 218 days 44 34844 years, 348 days
6 Matesza, ZlatkoZlatko Mateša 46 14346 years, 143 days 04 0814 years, 81 days 50 22450 years, 224 days
7 Raczan, IvicaIvica Račan 55 33755 years, 337 days 03 3303 years, 330 days 59 30259 years, 302 days
8 Sanader, IvoIvo Sanader 50 19850 years, 198 days 05 1955 years, 195 days 56 02856 years, 28 days
9 Kosor, JadrankaJadranka Kosor 56 00556 years, 5 days 02 1702 years, 170 days 58 17558 years, 175 days
10 Milanović, ZoranZoran Milanović 45 05445 years, 54 days 04 0304 years, 30 days 49 08449 years, 84 days
11 Orešković, TihomirTihomir Orešković 50 02150 years, 21 days 00 2710 years, 271 days 50 29350 years, 292 days
12 Plenković, AndrejAndrej Plenković 46 years, 195 days 1 year, 271 days (Ongoing) Incumbent

Spouses of Prime Ministers[edit]

Name Relation to Prime Minister
Milka Mesić (née Dudunić) wife of Prime Minister Stjepan Mesić
Marija Eker Manolić wife of Prime Minister Josip Manolić
Jozefina Gregurić (née Abramović) wife of Prime Minister Franjo Gregurić
Erika Šarinić wife of Prime Minister Hrvoje Šarinić
Antonela Valentić wife of Prime Minister Nikica Valentić
Sanja Gregurić-Mateša wife of Prime Minister Zlatko Mateša
Dijana Pleština wife of Prime Minister Ivica Račan
Mirjana Sanader (née Šarić) wife of Prime Minister Ivo Sanader
Jadranka Kosor divorced before becoming Prime Minister
Sanja Musić Milanović wife of Prime Minister Zoran Milanović
Sanja Dujmović Orešković wife of Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković
Ana Maslać Plenković wife of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Living former Heads of government of Croatia[edit]

There are eleven living former Heads of government (3 former Presidents of the Executive Council of SR Croatia and 8 former Prime Ministers of Croatia). The last former head of government to die was Hrvoje Šarinić (1992-1993) on 21 July 2017.

Presidents of the Executive Council of the Socialist Republic of Croatia (until 1990):

Prime Ministers of the Republic of Croatia (1990–present):

Facts and records of Croatian Prime Ministers (since 30 May 1990)[edit]

Age at appointment[edit]

Age at retirement[edit]

Oldest and youngest living prime ministers[edit]

  • Oldest living prime minister: Josip Manolić (98 years, 117 days)
  • Youngest living prime minister: Andrej Plenković (48 years, 100 days)

Longest and shortest lived prime ministers[edit]

  • Longest-lived prime minister: Josip Manolić (98 years, 117 days)
  • Shortest-lived prime minister: Andrej Plenković (48 years, 100 days)

Longest and shortest retirements[edit]

  • Living prime minister with the longest period lived after leaving office: Stjepan Mesić (27 years, 327 days)
  • Living prime minister with the shortest period lived after leaving office: Tihomir Orešković (1 year, 271 days)
  • Deceased prime minister with the longest period lived after leaving office: Hrvoje Šarinić (24 years, 109 days)
  • Deceased prime minister with the shortest period lived after leaving office: Ivica Račan (3 years, 127 days)

Age difference between incoming and outgoing officeholders[edit]

  • Largest age difference between an incoming and outgoing prime minister: Franjo Gregurić (born 12 October 1939) was 19 years, 204 days younger than Josip Manolić (born 22 March 1920) whom he succeeded in 1991.
  • Smallest age difference between an incoming and outgoing prime minister: Jadranka Kosor (born 1 July 1953) was 23 days younger than Ivo Sanader (born 8 June 1953) whom she succeeded in 2009.

Length of service[edit]

Terms of office and number of cabinets[edit]

Size of cabinet[edit]

  • Prime minister of cabinet with largest number of members during its duration (including removed or deceased members): Franjo Gregurić (45 members including the Government secretary)
  • Prime Minister of cabinet with smallest number of members during its duration (including removed or deceased members): Ivo Sanader (19 members in First Sanader cabinet)
  • Prime Minister of cabinet with largest number of members on date of formation: Josip Manolić (27 members named on 17 July 1990)
  • Prime Minister of cabinet with smallest number of members on date of formation: Stjepan Mesić (5 members named on 30 May 1990. Another 15 named on 31 May 1990)
  • Prime Minister of cabinet with largest number of members on date of dissolution (excluding removed or deceased members): Franjo Gregurić (30 members on 12 August 1992)
  • Prime Minister of cabinet with smallest number of members on date of dissolution (excluding removed or deceased members): Ivo Sanader (14 members on 12 January 2008 upon dissolution of First Sanader Cabinet)

Number of political parties in cabinet[edit]

  • Prime Ministers of cabinets with largest number of political parties represented in them during their total duration (including removed or deceased members on date of dissolution): Franjo Gregurić (8 parties had representation in his cabinet during some part of its time in office)
  • Prime Ministers of cabinets with the smallest number of political parties represented in them during their total duration (including removed or deceased members): Stjepan Mesić, Josip Manolić, Hrvoje Šarinić and Zlatko Mateša (each prime minister had only 1 party (the HDZ) represented in their cabinet)
  • Prime Minister of cabinet with the largest number of parties represented in it on the date of its formation: Ivica Račan (5 parties had representation in his First cabinet on 27 January 2000)
  • Prime ministers of cabinets with the smallest number of parties represented in them on the date of their formation: Stjepan Mesić, Josip Manolić, Hrvoje Šarinić and Zlatko Mateša (each prime minister had only 1 party (the HDZ) represented in their cabinet on the date it was formed)
  • Prime Minister of the cabinet with the largest number of political parties represented in it on the date of its dissolution: Ivica Račan (5 parties were represented in his Second cabinet on 23 December 2003)
  • Prime Ministers of cabinets with the smallest number of political parties represented in them on the date of their dissolution: Stjepan Mesić, Josip Manolić, Franjo Gregurić, Hrvoje Šarinić, Nikica Valentić, Zlatko Mateša and Ivo Sanader (First cabinet) (each prime minister had only 1 party (the HDZ) represented in their cabinet on the date it was dissolved)

Female prime ministers[edit]

Other national and international offices held after retirement[edit]

Foreign-born prime ministers[edit]

Prime Ministers born in predecessor states of modern Croatia (before 1991)[edit]

Period lived before Croatian independence was declared (25 June 1991)[edit]

  • Oldest (future or previous) prime minister on date of Croatia's declaration of independence: Josip Manolić (71 years, 95 days)
  • Youngest (future or previous) prime minister on date of Croatia's declaration of independence: Andrej Plenković (21 years, 78 days)

Service under the most heads of state[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

^a From 1990 until the constitutional changes in November 2000 (which replaced a powerful semi-presidential system with an incomplete parliamentary system), the term of the Prime Minister began when he was appointed by the President of the Republic, and not from the point when he received a vote of confidence in Parliament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2012-11-16. , Protocol and Liaison Service, United Nations.
  2. ^ a b "The Constitution of the Republic of Croatia (consolidated text)". Croatian Parliament. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Chronology of Croatian governments" (in Croatian). Croatian Information-Documentation Referral Agency. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  4. ^ "Prethodne Vlade RH" [Former Governments of the Republic of Croatia] (in Croatian). Croatian Government. Archived from the original on 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2010-12-13.