A deputy prime minister or vice prime minister is, in some countries,
a government minister who can take the position of acting prime
minister when the prime minister is temporarily absent. The position
is often likened to that of a vice president, but is significantly
different even though both positions are "number two" offices. The
position of deputy prime minister should not be confused with the
Canadian Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister of Canada, a
nonpolitical civil servant position. Also, the Deputy Prime Minister
Country Title Name Office date Notes
Mauritius Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius Vice Prime Minister of Mauritius Ivan Collendavelloo (DPM) Showkutally Soodhun (VPM) 17 December 2014 17 December 2014 Vice Prime Minister is an honorary title.
Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas Hubert Minnis 11 May 2017
Canada Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Vacant 6 February 2006 position not currently in use (since 2006)
China Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhang Gaoli 15 March 2013
India Deputy Prime Minister of India Vacant 22 May 2004 position not currently in use (since 2004)
Israel Designated Acting Prime Minister of Israel Deputy Prime Minister of Israel Vice Prime Minister of Israel ? ? Vice Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are honorary titles.
Japan Deputy Prime Minister of Japan Tarō Asō 26 December 2012
Lebanon Deputy Prime Minister of Lebanon ? ?
Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Ahmad Zahid Hamidi 29 July 2015
Pakistan Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan Vacant 25 June 2012
Singapore Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Teo Chee Hean Tharman Shanmugaratnam 1 April 2009 21 May 2011
Deputy Prime Minister of
Taiwan Vice Premier of the Republic of China Shih Jun-ji 8 September 2017
Thailand Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand ? ?
Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam ? ?
Austria Vice-Chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache 17 May 2017
Croatia Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia Martina Dalić Damir Krstičević Marija Pejčinović Burić Predrag Štromar 9 June 2017 Article 109 of the Constitution mandates that there be at least one in every cabinet. Usually held by senior government ministers or leaders of junior parties in a coalition government.
Finland Deputy Prime Minister of Finland Petteri Orpo 28 June 2017
Germany Vice-Chancellor of Germany Sigmar Gabriel 17 December 2013
Greece Deputy Prime Minister of Greece Yannis Dragasakis 23 September 2013
Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg Etienne Schneider 4 December 2013 Traditionally the leader of the second biggest party in a government coalition
Malta Deputy Prime Minister of Malta Chris Fearne 17 July 2017
Montenegro Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro Igor Lukšić Duško Marković Rafet Husović Azra Jasavić 4 December 2012 29 December 2010 4 December 2012 2 June 2016
Netherlands Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands Hugo de Jonge Kajsa Ollongren Carola Schouten 26 October 2017
Poland Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Piotr Gliński Jarosław Gowin Mateusz Morawiecki 16 November 2015
Portugal Deputy Prime Minister of Portugal Vacant ? position not currently in use (since 2015)
Russia Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation ? ?
Serbia Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia Rasim Ljajić Ivica Dačić Zorana Mihajlović Nebojša Stefanović 27 July 2012 27 April 2014 27 April 2014 11 August 2016
Slovenia Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia Karl Viktor Erjavec Dejan Židan
20 March 2013
Spain Deputy Prime Minister of Spain Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría 22 December 2011
Sweden Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden Margot Wallström Isabella Lövin 25 May 2016
Turkey Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey ? ?
Australia Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Vacant 27 October 2017
New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand Winston Peters 26 October 2017
Deputy Premier of the Soviet Union First Deputy Premier of the Soviet Union Deputy Prime Minister of Yugoslavia
^ Steven Barnes, 'What About Me? Deputy Prime Ministership in New Zealand', Political Science, Vol. 61, No. 1, 2009, pp. 33-49 ^ Article 110.2 of the Constitution of Russian Federation ^ Article 114 of the Constitution of Ukraine ^ "Article 25 of the Federal Constitutional Law "On the Government of Russian Federation" from December 17, 1997". Constitution.garant.ru. Retrieved 2012-07-25. ^ "Article 8 of the Federal Constitutional Law "On the Government of Russian Federation". Constitution.garant.ru. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
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