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A prime minister, also known as a premier, is the head of a cabinet and the leader of the ministers in the executive branch of government, often in a parliamentary or semi-presidential system. In many systems, the prime minister selects and may dismiss other members of the cabinet, and allocates posts to members within the government. In most systems, the prime minister is the presiding member and chairman of the cabinet. In a minority of systems, notably in semi-presidential systems of government, a prime minister is the official who is appointed to manage the civil service and execute the directives of the head of state. In parliamentary systems fashioned after the Westminster system, the prime minister is the presiding and actual head of government and head of the executive branch. In such systems, the head of state or the head of state's official representative (often the monarch, president, or governor-general) usually holds a largely ceremonial position, although often with reserve powers. The prime minister is often, but not always, a member of the Legislature
or the Lower House thereof and is expected with other ministers to ensure the passage of bills through the legislature. In some monarchies the monarch may also exercise executive powers (known as the royal prerogative) that are constitutionally vested in the crown and may be exercised without the approval of parliament. As well as being head of government, a prime minister may have other roles or posts—the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, for example, is also First Lord of the Treasury
First Lord of the Treasury
and Minister for the Civil Service.[1] Prime ministers may take other ministerial posts. For example, during the Second World War, Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
was also Minister of Defence (although there was then no Ministry of Defence) and in the current cabinet of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu
also serves as Minister of Communications, Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation, Economy and Interior.


1 Etymology 2 History

2.1 Origins 2.2 Development 2.3 Modern usage

3 In republics and in monarchies 4 Entry into office 5 Constitutional basis for the Position in Countries 6 Exit from office 7 Titles 8 Organisational structure 9 Description of the role 10 Lists of prime ministers 11 See also 12 References 13 Further reading

Etymology[edit] The term prime minister in its French form, premier ministre, is attested in 17th Century sources referring to Cardinal Richelieu[2] after he was named to head the royal council in 1624. The title was however informal and used alongside the equally informal principal ministre d'État ("chief minister of the state") more as a job description. After 1661, Louis XIV
Louis XIV
and his descendants refused to allow one of their ministers to be more important than the others, so the term was not in use.[3] The term prime minister in the sense that we know it originated in the 18th century in the United Kingdom when members of parliament disparagingly used the title in reference to Sir Robert Walpole. During the whole of the 18th Century, Britain was involved in a prolonged conflict with France, periodically bursting into all-out war, and Britons took outspoken pride in their "Liberty" as contrasted to the "Tyranny" of French Absolute Monarchy; therefore, being implicitly compared with Richelieu was no compliment to Walpole. Over time, however, the title became honorific and remains so in the 21st century.[4] History[edit] See also: History of Parliamentarism Origins[edit] Further information: Chief Minister of England
Chief Minister of England
and Chief minister of France The monarchs of England and the United Kingdom had ministers in whom they placed special trust and who were regarded as the head of the government. Examples were Thomas Cromwell under Henry VIII; William Cecil, Lord Burghley under Elizabeth I; Clarendon under Charles II and Godolphin under Queen Anne. These ministers held a variety of formal posts, but were commonly known as "the minister", the "chief minister", the "first minister" and finally the "prime minister". The power of these ministers depended entirely on the personal favour of the monarch. Although managing the parliament was among the necessary skills of holding high office, they did not depend on a parliamentary majority for their power. Although there was a cabinet, it was appointed entirely by the monarch, and the monarch usually presided over its meetings. When the monarch grew tired of a first minister, he or she could be dismissed, or worse: Cromwell was executed and Clarendon driven into exile when they lost favour. Kings sometimes divided power equally between two or more ministers to prevent one minister from becoming too powerful. Late in Anne's reign, for example, the Tory
ministers Harley and Viscount Bolingbroke shared power. Development[edit]

The prime ministers of five members of the Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
at the 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference.

In the mid 17th century, after the English Civil War
English Civil War
(1642–1651), Parliament
strengthened its position relative to the monarch then gained more power through the Glorious Revolution
Glorious Revolution
of 1688 and passage of the Bill of Rights in 1689.[5] The monarch could no longer establish any law or impose any tax without its permission and thus the House of Commons became a part of the government. It is at this point that a modern style of prime minister begins to emerge.[6][7] A tipping point in the evolution of the prime ministership came with the death of Anne in 1714 and the accession of George I to the throne. George spoke no English, spent much of his time at his home in Hanover, and had neither knowledge of, nor interest in, the details of English government. In these circumstances it was inevitable that the king's first minister would become the de facto head of the government. From 1721 this was the Whig politician Robert Walpole, who held office for twenty-one years. Walpole chaired cabinet meetings, appointed all the other ministers, dispensed the royal patronage and packed the House of Commons with his supporters. Under Walpole, the doctrine of cabinet solidarity developed. Walpole required that no minister other than himself have private dealings with the king, and also that when the cabinet had agreed on a policy, all ministers must defend it in public, or resign. As a later prime minister, Lord Melbourne, said, "It matters not what we say, gentlemen, so long as we all say the same thing." Walpole always denied that he was "prime minister", and throughout the 18th century parliamentarians and legal scholars continued to deny that any such position was known to the Constitution. George II and George III made strenuous efforts to reclaim the personal power of the monarch, but the increasing complexity and expense of government meant that a minister who could command the loyalty of the Commons was increasingly necessary. The long tenure of the wartime prime minister William Pitt the Younger
William Pitt the Younger
(1783–1801), combined with the mental illness of George III, consolidated the power of the post. The title was first referred to on government documents during the administration of Benjamin Disraeli
Benjamin Disraeli
but did not appear in the formal British Order of precedence until 1905. The prestige of British institutions in the 19th century and the growth of the British Empire
British Empire
saw the British model of cabinet government, headed by a prime minister, widely copied, both in other European countries and in British colonial territories as they developed self-government.[8][9][10] In some places alternative titles such as "premier", "chief minister", "first minister of state", "president of the council" or "chancellor" were adopted, but the essentials of the office were the same. Modern usage[edit] By the late 20th century,[11][12] the majority of the world's countries had a prime minister or equivalent minister, holding office under either a constitutional monarchy or a ceremonial president. The main exceptions to this system have been the United States and the presidential republics in Latin America modelled on the U.S. system, in which the president directly exercises executive authority. Bahrain's prime minister, Sheikh
Khalifah bin Sulman Al Khalifah
Khalifah bin Sulman Al Khalifah
has been in the post since 1970, making him the longest serving non-elected prime minister. In republics and in monarchies[edit] The post of prime minister may be encountered both in constitutional monarchies (such as Belgium, Denmark, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Malaysia, Morocco, Spain,[13] Sweden, Thailand, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom), and in parliamentary republics in which the head of state is an elected official (such as Finland, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia (1945-1959), Ireland, Pakistan, Portugal, Montenegro, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Turkey). See also "First Minister", "Premier", "Chief Minister", "Chancellor", "Taoiseach", "Statsminister" and "Secretary of State": alternative titles usually equivalent in meaning to, or translated as, "prime minister". This contrasts with the presidential system, in which the president (or equivalent) is both the head of state and the head of the government. In some presidential or semi-presidential systems, such as those of France, Russia or South Korea, the prime minister is an official generally appointed by the president but usually approved by the legislature and responsible for carrying out the directives of the president and managing the civil service. The head of government of the People's Republic
of China is referred to as the Premier of the State Council and the premier of the Republic
of China (Taiwan) is also appointed by the president, but requires no approval by the legislature. Appointment of the prime minister of France
requires no approval by the parliament either, but the parliament may force the resignation of the government. In these systems, it is possible for the president and the prime minister to be from different political parties if the legislature is controlled by a party different from that of the president. When it arises, such a state of affairs is usually referred to as (political) cohabitation. Entry into office[edit] In parliamentary systems a prime minister may enter into office by several means.

The head of state appoints a prime minister, of their personal choice: Example: France, where the President
has the power to appoint the Prime Minister of their choice, though the National Assembly can force a government to resign, they cannot nominate or appoint a new candidate.

While in practice most prime ministers under the Westminster system (including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, India and the United Kingdom) are the leaders of the largest party or coalition in parliament, technically the appointment of the prime minister is a prerogative exercised by the head of state.

The head of state appoints a prime minister who has a set timescale within which they must gain a vote of confidence: Example: Italy, Romania, Thailand The head of state appoints a prime minister from among the members of Parliament, who then has a set timescale within which they must form a cabinet, and receive the confidence of Parliament
after presenting the Cabinet Composition and Legislative Program to Parliament: Example: Israel The head of state appoints the leader of the political party with the majority of the seats in the Parliament
as Prime Minister, if no party has a majority then the leader of the party with a plurality of seats is given an exploratory mandate to receive the confidence of the parliament within three days, if this is not possible then the leader of the party with the second highest seat number is given the exploratory mandate, if this fails then the leader of the third largest party is given it and so on: Example: Greece, see Prime Minister of Greece The head of state nominates a candidate for prime minister who is then submitted to parliament for approval before appointment as prime minister: Example: Spain, where the King sends a nomination to parliament for approval. Also Germany where under the German Basic Law (constitution) the Bundestag
votes on a candidate nominated by the federal president. In the Philippines under the 1973 Constitution
as amended after martial law, the Prime Minister was elected by the Batasang Pambansâ
Batasang Pambansâ
(Legislature) upon nomination by the President. In these cases, parliament can choose another candidate who then would be appointed by the head of state (or, in the case of the Philippines, outright elect that candidate). Parliament
nominates a candidate who the head of state is then constitutionally obliged to appoint as prime minister: Example: Ireland, where the President
appoints the Taoiseach
on the nomination of Dáil Éireann. Also Japan. Election
by the Legislature: Example: The Philippines
The Philippines
under the unamended 1973 Constitution, where the prime minister was supposed to be elected by the Batasang Pambansâ; these provisions were never used because the Philippines was under martial law at the time. Also Vanuatu. Direct election by popular vote: Example: Israel, 1996–2001, where the prime minister was elected in a general election, with no regard to political affiliation. Nomination by a state office holder other than the head of state or his/her representative: Example: Under the modern Swedish Instrument of Government, the power to appoint someone to form a government has been moved from the monarch to the Speaker of Parliament
and the parliament itself. The speaker nominates a candidate, who is then elected to prime minister (statsminister) by the parliament if an absolute majority of the members of parliament does not vote no (i.e. he can be elected even if more MP:s vote no than yes).

Constitutional basis for the Position in Countries[edit]

John A. Macdonald
John A. Macdonald
(1815–1891), first Canadian prime minister.

The position, power and status of prime ministers differ depending on the age of the constitution. Australia's constitution makes no mention of a Prime Minister of Australia
and the office only exists by convention, based on the British model. Bangladesh's constitution clearly outlines the functions and powers of the Prime Minister, and also details the process of his/her appointment and dismissal. The People's Republic
of China constitution set a premier just one place below the National People's Congress
National People's Congress
in China. Premier read as (Simplified Chinese: 总理; pinyin: Zŏnglĭ) in Chinese. Canada's constitution, being a 'mixed' or hybrid constitution (a constitution that is partly formally codified and partly uncodified) originally did not make any reference whatsoever to a prime minister, with her or his specific duties and method of appointment instead dictated by "convention". In the Constitution
Act, 1982, passing reference to a "Prime Minister of Canada" is added, though only regarding the composition of conferences of federal and provincial first ministers. Czech Republic's constitution clearly outlines the functions and powers of the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, and also details the process of his/her appointment and dismissal. France's Constitution_of_ France
(1958) lists the powers, functions and duties of the Prime Minister of France. Germany's Basic Law (1949) lists the powers, functions and duties of the federal chancellor. Greece's constitution (1975) lists the powers, functions and duties of the Prime Minister of Greece. Hungary's constitution (2012) lists the powers, functions and duties of the Prime Minister of Hungary. India's constitution (1950) lists the powers, functions and duties of the Prime Minister of India. In India, the Prime Ministerial candidate must be a member of parliament either Lok Sabha (Lower House) or Rajya Sabha (Upper House). No parliamentary vote takes place on who is forming a government. Ireland's constitution (1937), provides for the office of Taoiseach
in detail, listing powers, functions and duties. Italy's constitution (1948) lists the powers, functions and duties of the President
of the Council of Ministers. Japan's constitution (1946) lists the powers, functions and duties of the Prime Minister of Japan. The Republic
of Korea's constitution (1987) sections 86-87 list the powers, functions and duties of the Prime Minister of the Republic
of Korea. Malta's constitution (1964) lists the powers, functions and duties of the Prime Minister of Malta. Malaysia's constitution (1957) lists the powers, functions and duties of the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Norway's constitution (1814) lists the powers, functions and duties of the Prime Minister of Norway Pakistan's constitution (1973) lists the powers, functions and duties of the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Spain's constitution (1978) regulates the appointment, dismissal, powers, functions and duties of the President
of the Government. Thailand's constitution (1932) lists the powers, functions and duties of the Prime Minister of Thailand. Taiwan's constitution (1946) lists the powers, functions and duties of the President
of the Executive Yuan. The United Kingdom's constitution, being uncodified and largely unwritten, makes no mention of a prime minister. Though it had de facto existed for centuries, its first mention in official state documents did not occur until the first decade of the twentieth century. Accordingly, it is often said "not to exist", indeed there are several instances of parliament declaring this to be the case. The prime minister sits in the cabinet solely by virtue of occupying another office, either First Lord of the Treasury
First Lord of the Treasury
(office in commission), or more rarely Chancellor
of the Exchequer (the last of whom was Balfour in 1905). :However as the government will have to outline its legislative programme to parliament in, for example, the Speech from the Throne, the speech is sometimes used to test parliamentary support. A defeat of the Speech is taken to mean a loss of confidence and so requires either a new draft, resignation, or a request for a dissolution of parliament. Until the early 20th century governments when defeated in a general election remained in power until their Speech from the Throne
Speech from the Throne
was defeated and then resigned. No government has done so for one hundred years, though Edward Heath
Edward Heath
in 1974 did delay his resignation while he explored whether he could form a government with Liberal party support.

In such systems unwritten (and unenforceable) constitutional conventions often outline the order in which people are asked to form a government. If the prime minister resigns after a general election, the monarch usually asks the leader of the opposition to form a government. Where however a resignation occurs during a parliament session (unless the government has itself collapsed) the monarch will ask another member of the government to form a government. While previously the monarch had some leeway in whom to ask, all British political parties now elect their leaders (until 1965 the Conservatives chose their leader by informal consultation). The last time the monarch had a choice over the appointment occurred in 1963 when the Earl of Home was asked to become Prime Minister ahead of Rab Butler.

During the period between the time it is clear that the incumbent government has been defeated at a general election, and the actual swearing-in of the new prime minister by the monarch, governor-general, or president, that person is referred to as the "prime minister-elect" or "prime minister-designate". Neither term is strictly correct from a constitutional point of view, but they have wide acceptance. In a situation in which a ruling party elects or appoints a new leader, the incoming leader will usually be referred as "prime minister-in-waiting". An example or this situation was in 2016 in the United Kingdom when Theresa May
Theresa May
was elected leader of the Conservative Party while David Cameron
David Cameron
was still prime minister. Ukraine's constitution (1996) lists the powers, functions and duties of the Prime Minister of Ukraine. Exit from office[edit] Most prime ministers in parliamentary systems are not appointed for a specific term in office and in effect may remain in power through a number of elections and parliaments. For example, Margaret Thatcher was only ever appointed prime minister on one occasion, in 1979. She remained continuously in power until 1990, though she used the assembly of each House of Commons after a general election to reshuffle her cabinet. Some states, however, do have a term of office of the prime minister linked to the period in office of the parliament. Hence the Irish Taoiseach
is formally 'renominated' after every general election. (Some constitutional experts have questioned whether this process is actually in keeping with the provisions of the Irish constitution, which appear to suggest that a taoiseach should remain in office, without the requirement of a renomination, unless s/he has clearly lost the general election.) The position of prime minister is normally chosen from the political party that commands majority of seats in the lower house of parliament. In parliamentary systems, governments are generally required to have the confidence of the lower house of parliament (though a small minority of parliaments, by giving a right to block supply to upper houses, in effect make the cabinet responsible to both houses, though in reality upper houses, even when they have the power, rarely exercise it). Where they lose a vote of confidence, have a motion of no confidence passed against them, or where they lose supply, most constitutional systems require either:

a letter of resignation or a request for parliamentary dissolution.

The latter in effect allows the government to appeal the opposition of parliament to the electorate. However, in many jurisdictions a head of state may refuse a parliamentary dissolution, requiring the resignation of the prime minister and his or her government. In most modern parliamentary systems, the prime minister is the person who decides when to request a parliamentary dissolution. Older constitutions often vest this power in the cabinet. In the United Kingdom, for example, the tradition whereby it is the prime minister who requests a dissolution of parliament dates back to 1918. Prior to then, it was the entire government that made the request. Similarly, though the modern 1937 Irish constitution grants to the Taoiseach
the right to make the request, the earlier 1922 Irish Free State Constitution
vested the power in the Executive Council (the then name for the Irish cabinet). In Australia, the Prime Minister is expected to step down if s/he loses the majority support of his/her party under a spill motion as have many such as Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard
Julia Gillard
and Kevin Rudd. Titles[edit] In the Russian constitution the prime minister is actually titled Chairman
of the government while the Irish prime minister is called the Taoiseach
(which is rendered into English as prime minister), and in Israel
he is Rosh HaMemshalah meaning "head of the government". In many cases, though commonly used, "prime minister" is not the official title of the office-holder; the Spanish prime minister is the President
of the Government
(Presidente del Gobierno). Other common forms include president of the council of ministers (for example in Italy, Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri), President
of the Executive Council, or Minister-President. In the Nordic countries the prime minister is called Statsminister, meaning "Minister of State". In federations, the head of government of subnational entities such as provinces is most commonly known as the premier, chief minister, governor or minister-president. The convention in the English language is to call nearly all national heads of government "prime minister" (sometimes modified to the equivalent term of "premier") except in the cases where the head of state and head of government are fused into one position, usually a presidency, regardless of the correct title of the head of government as applied in his or her respective country. The few exceptions to the rule are Germany and Austria, whose heads of government titles are almost always translated as Chancellor; Monaco, whose head of government is referred to as the Minister of State; and Vatican City, for which the head of government is titled the Secretary of State. In the case of Ireland, the head of government is occasionally referred to as the Taoiseach
by English speakers. A stand-out case is the President
of Iran, who is not actually a head of state, but the head of the government of Iran. He is referred to as "president" in both the Persian and English languages. In non-Commonwealth countries the prime minister may be entitled to the style of Excellency
like a president. In some Commonwealth countries prime ministers and former prime ministers are styled Right Honourable due to their position, for example in the Prime Minister of Canada. In the United Kingdom the prime minister and former prime ministers may appear to also be styled Right Honourable, however this is not due to their position as head of government but as a privilege of being current members of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.[14] In the UK, where devolved government is in place, the leaders of the Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh Governments are styled First Minister. Between 1921 and 1972, when Northern Ireland was a Majority Rule Parliament
the head of government would be known as the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland.In India, the Prime Minister is referred to as Pradhan Mantri, meaning "prime minister".[clarification needed] In Pakistan, the prime minister is referred to as Wazir-e-Azam, meaning "Grand Vizier". Organisational structure[edit] Main article: Cabinet department The Prime Minister's executive office is usually called the Office of the Prime Minister in the case of the Canada and other Commonwealth countries, it is called Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office
in United Kingdom. Some Prime Minister's office do include the role of Cabinet. In other countries, it is called the Prime Minister's Department or the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as for Australia. In Israel, the Prime Minister's executive office is officially titled the "Prime Minister's Office" in English, but the original Hebrew term can also be translated as the Prime Minister's Ministry. Description of the role[edit] Wilfried Martens, who served as Prime Minister of Belgium, described his role as follows:

First of all the Prime Minister must listen a lot, and when deep disagreements occur, he must suggest a solution to the matter. This can be done in different ways. Sometimes during the discussion, I note the elements of the problem and think of a proposal I can formulate to the Council (cabinet), the Secretary taking notes. The Ministers then insist on changing game ages. The Prime Minister can also make a proposal which leaves enough room for amendments in order to keep the current discussion on the right tracks. When a solution must be found in order to reach a consensus, he can force one or two Ministers to join or resign.[citation needed]

Lists of prime ministers[edit] For a more comprehensive list, see List of current prime ministers.

Countries with prime ministers (blue) and those that formerly had that position (dark red).

The following table groups the list of past and present prime ministers and details information available in those lists.

Government List starts Parties shown Term given by years or dates Incumbent

Abkhazia 1995 - dates Beslan Bartsits

Afghanistan 1927 - years Abdullah Abdullah

Albania (List) 1912 - years Edi Rama

Algeria 1962 yes years Ahmed Ouyahia

Andorra 1982 - years Antoni Martí

Angola 1975 - dates (Post abolished)

Anguilla 1976 yes dates Victor Banks

Antigua and Barbuda 1981 - years Gaston Browne

Argentina 1993 yes dates Marcos Peña

Armenia 1918 yes dates Karen Karapetyan

Artsakh 1992 no dates (Post abolished)

Aruba 1986 - dates Evelyn Wever-Croes

(List) 1901 yes dates Malcolm Turnbull

Austria 1918 yes years Christian Kern

Azerbaijan 1918 yes dates Artur Rasizade

Bahamas 1967 - dates Hubert Minnis

Bahrain 1970 - years Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

Bangladesh 1971 yes dates Sheikh

Barbados 1954 yes dates Freundel Stuart

Belarus 1919 - dates Andrei Kobyakov

Belgium 1831 yes dates Charles Michel

Belize 1973 yes years Dean Barrow

Benin 1957 yes dates (Post abolished)

Bermuda 1968 yes dates Edward David Burt

Bhutan 1952 - dates Tshering Tobgay

Bosnia and Herzegovina 1943 - dates Denis Zvizdić

Botswana 1965 yes dates (Post abolished)

Brazil 1847 yes dates (Post abolished)

British Virgin Islands 1967 yes dates Orlando Smith

Brunei 1984 no dates Hassanal Bolkiah

Bulgaria 1879 yes dates Boyko Borisov

Burkina Faso 1971 - dates Paul Kaba Thieba

Burundi 1961 yes dates (Post abolished)

Cambodia 1945 - years Hun Sen

Cameroon 1960 - dates Philémon Yang

Canada (List) 1867 yes dates Justin Trudeau

Cape Verde 1975 - dates Ulisses Correia e Silva

Cayman Islands 1992 yes dates Alden McLaughlin

Central African Republic 1958 - dates Simplice Sarandji

Chad 1978 - dates Albert Pahimi Padacké

People's Republic
of China (List) 1949 - dates Li Keqiang

Comoros 1957 yes dates (Post abolished)

Congo (Brazzaville) 1957 yes dates Clément Mouamba

Congo (Kinshasa) (List) 1960 yes dates Bruno Tshibala

Cook Islands 1965 yes dates Henry Puna

Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 1957 yes dates Amadou Gon Coulibaly

Croatia 1939 - dates Andrej Plenković

Cuba 1940 - dates Raúl Castro

Curaçao 2010 - dates Eugene Rhuggenaath

Northern Cyprus 1983 yes dates Tufan Erhürman

Czech Republic 1993 - years Andrej Babiš

Denmark (List) 1848 - years Lars Løkke Rasmussen

Djibouti 1977 - dates Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed

Dominica 1960 - dates Roosevelt Skerrit

East Timor 2002 - dates Mari Alkatiri

Egypt (List) 1878 - years Sherif Ismail

Equatorial Guinea 1963 - dates Francisco Pascual Obama Asue

Estonia 1918 - dates Jüri Ratas

Ethiopia 1942 yes dates Abiy Ahmed Ali

Faroe Islands 1946 - years Aksel V. Johannesen

Fiji 1966 - dates Frank Bainimarama

Finland 1917 yes years Juha Sipilä

(List) 1589 - years Édouard Philippe

Gabon 1957 yes dates Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet

The Gambia 1961 - dates (Post abolished)

Georgia 1918 yes dates Giorgi Kvirikashvili

Germany (List) 1871/1949 yes dates Angela Merkel

Ghana 1957 - dates (Post abolished)

Gibraltar 1964 yes dates Fabian Picardo

Greece (List) 1833 - dates Alexis Tsipras

Greenland 1979 - years Kim Kielsen

Grenada 1954 - years Keith Mitchell

Guernsey 2007 - dates Gavin St Pier

Guinea 1972 - dates Mamady Youla

Guinea-Bissau 1973 - dates Artur Silva

Guyana 1953 - dates Moses Nagamootoo

Haiti 1988 - dates Jack Guy Lafontant

Hungary (List) 1848 - dates Viktor Orbán

Iceland 1904 - dates Katrín Jakobsdóttir

India (List) 1947 yes dates Narendra Modi

Indonesia 1945 yes dates (Post abolished)

Iran (List) 1824 - years (Post abolished)

Iraq 1920 - years Haider al-Abadi

Ireland 1937 yes dates Leo Varadkar

(List) 1948 - years Benjamin Netanyahu

(List) 1861 - years Paolo Gentiloni

Jamaica 1959 - years Andrew Holness

(List) 1885 - dates Shinzō Abe

Jersey 2005 - dates Ian Gorst

Jordan 1944 - dates Hani Al-Mulki

Kazakhstan 1920 - years Bakhytzhan Sagintayev

Kenya 1963 - dates (Post abolished)

North Korea 1948 - years Pak Pong-ju

South Korea (List) 1948 - years Lee Nak-yeon

Kosovo 1945 yes dates Ramush Haradinaj

Kuwait 1962 yes dates Sheikh
Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah

Kyrgyzstan 1924 - dates Sapar Isakov

Laos 1941 - years Thongloun Sisoulith

Latvia 1918 yes dates Māris Kučinskis

Lebanon 1926 - dates Saad Hariri

Lesotho 1965 yes dates Tom Thabane

Libya 1951 - dates Abdullah al-Thani
Abdullah al-Thani
/ Fayez al-Sarraj

Liechtenstein 1921 yes dates Adrian Hasler

Lithuania 1918 yes dates Saulius Skvernelis

Luxembourg 1959 - years Xavier Bettel

Macedonia 1943 yes dates Zoran Zaev

Madagascar 1833 - dates Olivier Mahafaly Solonandrasana

Malawi 1963 yes dates (Post abolished)

Malaysia 1957 yes years Najib Razak

Mali 1957 yes dates Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga

Malta 1921 yes years Joseph Muscat

Isle of Man 1986 - years Howard Quayle

Mauritania 1957 yes dates Yahya Ould Hademine

Mauritius 1961 yes dates Pravind Jugnauth

Moldova 1990 - dates Pavel Filip

Monaco 1911 n/a dates Serge Telle

Mongolia 1912 yes dates Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh

Montenegro 1879 yes dates Duško Marković

Montserrat 1960 yes dates Donaldson Romeo

Morocco 1955 yes years Saadeddine Othmani

Mozambique 1974 yes dates Carlos Agostinho do Rosário

Myanmar (Burma) 1948 yes dates Aung San Suu Kyi

Namibia 1990 yes dates Saara Kuugongelwa

Nepal 1953 - dates Khadga Prasad Oli

Netherlands (List) 1848 yes dates Mark Rutte

New Zealand (List) 1856 yes dates Jacinda Ardern

Newfoundland 1855 yes dates (Post abolished)

Niger 1958 yes dates Brigi Rafini

Nigeria 1960 yes dates (Post abolished)

Niue 1974 - dates Sir Toke Talagi

Norfolk Island 1896 2015 dates (Post abolished)

Norway 1814 yes years Erna Solberg

Pakistan (List) 1947 yes dates Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Palestinian National Authority 2003 yes dates Rami Hamdallah

Papua New Guinea 1975 yes years Peter O'Neill

Peru 1975 yes dates César Villanueva

Philippines 1899 yes dates (Post abolished)

Poland (List) 1918 - dates Mateusz Morawiecki

Portugal (List) 1834 yes dates António Costa

Qatar 1970 - dates Sheikh
Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani

Romania 1862 - years Viorica Dăncilă

Russia (List) 1864/1905 yes dates Dmitry Medvedev

Rwanda 1960 yes dates Édouard Ngirente

Saint Kitts and Nevis 1960 - dates Timothy Harris

Saint Lucia 1960 - dates Allen Chastanet

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1956 - dates Ralph Gonsalves

Samoa 1875 yes dates Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi

São Tomé and Principe 1974 yes dates Patrice Trovoada

Saudi Arabia 1953 no dates Salman

Senegal 1957 yes dates Mohamed Dionne

Serbia 1805 yes years Ana Brnabić

Seychelles 1970 yes years (Post abolished)

Sierra Leone 1954 yes dates (Post abolished)

Singapore 1959 - dates Lee Hsien Loong

Sint Maarten 2010 - dates Leona Marlin-Romeo

Slovakia 1993 - dates Peter Pellegrini

Slovenia 1943 yes years Miro Cerar

Solomon Islands 1949 yes dates Rick Houenipwela

Somalia 1949 yes dates Hassan Ali Khayre

South Africa 1910 - dates (Post abolished)

South Ossetia 1991 - dates Erik Pukhayev

Spain (List) 1705 yes years Mariano Rajoy

Sri Lanka (List) 1948 - dates Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sudan 1952 yes dates Bakri Hassan Saleh

Suriname 1949 yes dates (Post abolished)

Swaziland 1967 - years Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini

Sweden (List) 1876 yes years Stefan Löfven

Syria 1920 - dates Imad Khamis

Taiwan ( Republic
of China) (List) 1911 - dates William Lai

Tajikistan 1924 - dates Kokhir Rasulzoda

Tanzania 1960 yes dates Kassim Majaliwa

(List) 1932 yes dates Prayut Chan-o-cha

Togo 1956 yes dates Komi Sélom Klassou

Tokelau 1992 - dates Afega Gaualofa

Tonga 1876 - years ʻAkilisi Pōhiva

Transnistria 2012 yes dates Aleksandr Martynov

Trinidad and Tobago 1956 - dates Keith Rowley

Tunisia 1969 - dates Youssef Chahed

Turkey (List) 1920 yes dates Binali Yıldırım

Turkmenistan 1924 - dates (Post abolished)

Turks and Caicos Islands 1976 yes dates Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson

Tuvalu 1975 n/a dates Enele Sopoaga

Uganda 1961 yes dates Ruhakana Rugunda

Ukraine (List) 1917 - dates Volodymyr Groysman

United Arab Emirates 1971 - years Sheikh
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

United Kingdom (List) 1721 yes dates Theresa May

Uruguay No List (post established 1919) - - (post abolished)

Uzbekistan 1924 - dates Abdulla Aripov

Vanuatu 1980 yes dates Charlot Salwai

Vatican 1644 - years Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Vietnam 1976 yes dates Nguyễn Xuân Phúc

Yemen 1990 yes years Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr

Western Sahara 1976 no years Abdelkader Taleb Oumar

Zambia 1964 yes dates (Post abolished)

Zimbabwe 1923 - dates (Post abolished)

See also[edit]

Chancellor Chief Minister Governor-General Head of government Head of state Monarch President Prime ministerial government


List of current heads of state and government List of democracy and election-related topics


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Further reading[edit]

Andrew Blick and George Jones, Premiership: the development, nature and power of the office of the British Prime Minister (Imprint Academic, Exeter, 2010) Michael Foley, The British Presidency (Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2000) Peter Hennessy, The Prime Minister: The office and its holders since 1945 (Penguin, London, 2001) Paul Langford, Prime Ministers and Parliaments: the long view, Walpole to Blair, The Annual History of Parliament
Lecture, 2005, Parliamentary History, 25 (2006) Brian Carroll, Australia's Prime Ministers: From Barton to Howard (Rosenberg Publishing, 2004) James Manor, Nehru to the Nineties: The Changing Office of Prime Minister in India (C. Hurst & Co., 1994) Jagdish Chandra Sharma, Indian Prime Ministership: A Comprehensive Study (Concept Publishing Company, 2002)

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