Prime Minister of Montenegro

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Prime Minister of Montenegro
Предсједник Владе Црне Горе
Coat of arms of Montenegro (seal).svg
Dritan Abazovic (cropped).jpg
Dritan Abazović

since April 28, 2022
Appointer Parliament of Montenegro
Term length No term limit
Inaugural holder Božo Petrović-Njegoš
FormationMarch 20, 1879
Salary US$15,522 annually [1]

The prime minister of Montenegro (Montenegrin : Премијер/Премијерка Црне Горе, romanized: Premijer/Premijerka Crne Gore), officially the president of the Government of Montenegro (Montenegrin : Предсједник/Предсједница Владе Црне Горе, romanized: Predsjednik/Predsjednica Vlade Crne Gore), is the head of the government of Montenegro. The role of the prime minister is to direct the work of the government, and to submit to the Parliament the government's program, which includes a list of proposed ministers. The resignation of the prime minister would cause the dissolution of his government.


The current prime minister, Dritan Abazović, a leader of civic political party United Reform Action, was approved by the Parliament of Montenegro on April 28, 2022, after the formation of the 43rd government of Montenegro in Cetinje. [2]


The first modern Montenegrin government was established on March 20, 1879, during the Principality of Montenegro. The title of the head of government was President of the Ministerial Council (Предсједник Министарског савјета).

On August 28, 1910, Montenegro was proclaimed a kingdom. During both the principality and the kingdom, the office was of no major importance or influence but depended solely on the will of the sovereign Nikola I. After the capitulation of Montenegro to the Central Powers on January 15, 1916, during World War I, the government went into exile and remained abroad until it ceased to exist. After the decision of the Podgorica Assembly on November 26, 1918, to unify Montenegro with Serbia and the subsequent formation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, Stojan Protić became the prime minister of the newly formed Kingdom on December 20, 1918. The deposed King Nikola I continued to appoint prime ministers of Montenegro in exile until his death in 1921. The government of Montenegro in exile ceased to exist shortly afterwards, in 1922.

Under the communist regime, Montenegro obtained its own government on March 7, 1945. On that day, a ministry for Montenegro was created within the government of Yugoslavia (as for all the other five republics), with a minister for Montenegro in charge of creating the first real government of post-war Montenegro, which took place on April 17, 1945. Governments were headed by a prime minister until February 4, 1953, by a president of the Executive Council until January 15, 1991, and again by a prime minister since then.

List of prime ministers of Montenegro

Preceding posts


   True People's Party    People's Party   Non-party

Head of GovernmentName
Term of officePolitical party Monarch
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
Principality of Montenegro Nikola I
1 Bozo Petrovic-Njegos portrait.tif Vojvoda
Božo Petrović-Njegoš
March 20, 1879December 19, 190526 years, 274 days Independent
2 Lazar Mijuskovic.jpg Lazar Mijušković
December 19, 1905November 24, 1906340 days True People's Party
3 Radulovic Marko.jpg Marko Radulović
November 24, 1906February 1, 190769 days People's Party
4 Andrija Radovic.jpg Andrija Radović
February 1, 1907April 17, 190775 days People's Party
5 Dr Lazar Tomanovic .jpg Lazar Tomanović
April 17, 1907August 28, 19103 years, 133 days Independent
Kingdom of Montenegro
(5) Dr Lazar Tomanovic .jpg Lazar Tomanović
August 28, 1910June 19, 19121 year, 296 days Independent
6 Mitar Martinovich Min of Montenegro.jpg Vojvoda
Mitar Martinović
June 19, 1912May 8, 1913323 days True People's Party
7 Brigadir Janko Vukotic.jpg Serdar
Janko Vukotić
May 8, 1913July 16, 19152 years, 69 days Independent
8 Milo Matanovic.jpg General
Milo Matanović
July 16, 1915January 2, 1916170 days Independent
(2) Lazar Mijuskovic 1916.jpg Lazar Mijušković
January 2, 1916January 25, 191623 days True People's Party
Montenegrin government-in-exile
(2) Lazar Mijuskovic 1916.jpg Lazar Mijušković
January 25, 1916May 12, 1916108 days True People's Party
(4) Andrija Radovic.jpg Andrija Radović
May 12, 1916January 17, 1917250 days People's Party
(8) Milo Matanovic.jpg General
Milo Matanović
January 17, 1917June 11, 1917145 days Independent
9 Evgenije Popovic.jpg Evgenije Popović
June 11, 1917February 17, 19191 year, 251 days Independent
10 Anto Gvozdenovic (portrait, no hat).jpg General
Anto Gvozdenović
February 17, 1919March 1, 19212 years, 12 days Independent
11 Jovan S. Plamenac.jpg Jovan Plamenac
March 1, 1921January 13, 1922318 days True People's Party Mihailo
Mihailo Petrovich Negosh.jpg
12 Milutin Vucinic.jpg General
Milutin Vučinić
January 13, 1922February 13, 192231 days True People's Party
(10) Anto Gvozdenovic (portrait, no hat).jpg General
Anto Gvozdenović
February 13, 1922July 13, 1922150 days Independent
From 1922 until 1941 territory of Montenegro was part of Zeta oblast and later banovina within Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

Heads of administrations before 1945

Socialist republic

   Communist Party/League of Communists

Head of GovernmentName
Term of officePolitical party
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
Minister for Montenegro
Milovan Dilas.jpg Milovan Đilas
March 7, 1945April 17, 194541 days Communist Party
Prime Minister of NR Montenegro
Blazo Jovanovic.jpg General
Blažo Jovanović
April 17, 1945February 4, 19537 years, 293 days Communist Party
(party renamed)
League of Communists
(party renamed)
President of the Executive Council
Blazo Jovanovic.jpg General
Blažo Jovanović
February 4, 1953December 16, 1953315 days League of Communists
Filip Bajkovic.jpg Filip Bajković
December 16, 1953July 12, 19628 years, 208 days League of Communists
Dordije Pajkovic.jpg Đorđije Pajković
July 12, 1962June 25, 1963348 days League of Communists
Veselin Duranovic.jpg Veselin Đuranović
June 25, 1963December 8, 19663 years, 166 days League of Communists
Mijusko Sibalic.jpg Mijuško Šibalić
December 8, 1966May 5, 1967148 days League of Communists
Vidoje Zarkovic.jpg Vidoje Žarković
May 5, 1967October 7, 19692 years, 155 days League of Communists
Unknown-person.gif Žarko Bulajić
October 7, 1969May 6, 19744 years, 211 days League of Communists
Marko Orlandic.jpg Marko Orlandić
May 6, 1974April 28, 19783 years, 357 days League of Communists
Momcilo Cemovic.jpg Momčilo Cemović
April 28, 1978May 7, 19824 years, 9 days League of Communists
Radivoje Brajovic.jpg Radivoje Brajović
(born 1935)
May 7, 1982June 6, 19864 years, 30 days League of Communists
Unknown-person.gif Vuko Vukadinović
June 6, 1986March 29, 19892 years, 296 days League of Communists
Stevan Kragujevic,Radoje Kontic, jugoslovenski i crnogorski politicar.JPG Radoje Kontić
(born 1937)
March 29, 1989February 15, 19911 year, 323 days League of Communists

Parliamentary republic

   Democratic Party of Socialists    United Reform Action    Independent

Head of GovernmentName
ElectionTerm of officePolitical party President
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
Republic of Montenegro
Milo Dukanovic.jpg Milo Đukanović
(born 1962)
February 15, 1991February 5, 19986 years, 355 days Democratic Party of Socialists Momir Bulatović
Momir Bulatovic (cropped).jpg
Filip Vujanovic June 2015 (cropped).jpg Filip Vujanović
(born 1954)
February 5, 1998January 8, 20034 years, 337 days Democratic Party of Socialists Milo Đukanović
Milo Dukanovic at the Enthronement of Naruhito (1).jpg
Milo Dukanovic.jpg Milo Đukanović
(born 1962)
2002 January 8, 2003May 21, 20063 years, 133 days Democratic Party of Socialists Filip Vujanović
Filip Vujanovic June 2015 (cropped).jpg
Independent Montenegro
Milo Dukanovic.jpg Milo Đukanović
(born 1962)
 May 21, 2006November 10, 2006173 days Democratic Party of Socialists
Zhel'ko Shturanovich (cropped).jpg Željko Šturanović
2006 November 10, 2006February 29, 20081 year, 111 days Democratic Party of Socialists
Milo Dukanovic.jpg Milo Đukanović
(born 1962)
2009 February 29, 2008December 29, 20102 years, 304 days Democratic Party of Socialists
Luksic portrait.jpg Igor Lukšić
(born 1976)
 December 29, 2010December 4, 20121 year, 341 days Democratic Party of Socialists
Milo Dukanovic.jpg Milo Đukanović
(born 1962)
2012 December 4, 2012November 28, 20163 years, 360 days Democratic Party of Socialists
Dusko Markovic.jpg Duško Marković
(born 1959)
2016 November 28, 2016December 4, 20204 years, 6 days Democratic Party of Socialists Milo Đukanović
Milo Dukanovic at the Enthronement of Naruhito (1).jpg
Zdravko Krivokapic, June 2021.jpg Zdravko Krivokapić
(born 1957)
2020 December 4, 2020April 28, 20221 year, 145 days Independent
Ne damo Crnu Goru
Dritan Abazovic (cropped).jpg Dritan Abazović
(born 1985)
 April 28, 2022Incumbent216 days United Reform Action

Living former prime ministers

There are currently 7 living former prime ministers of Montenegro:

NameTermDate of birth
Radivoje Brajović 1982–1986January 11, 1935 (age 87)
Radoje Kontić 1989–1991May 31, 1937 (age 85)
Milo Đukanović 1991–1998
February 15, 1962 (age 60)
Filip Vujanović 1998–2003September 1, 1954 (age 68)
Igor Lukšić 2010–2012June 14, 1976 (age 46)
Duško Marković 2016–2020July 6, 1959 (age 63)
Zdravko Krivokapić 2020–2022September 2, 1957 (age 65)

The most recent deaths of a former prime minister of Montenegro are those of Željko Šturanović (2006–2008) in 2014, and Marko Orlandić (1974–1978) in 2019.

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