Prime Minister of Montenegro

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President of the government of Montenegro
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PM Dusko Markovic.jpg
Duško Marković

since 28 November 2016
Appointer Parliament of Montenegro
Term length No term limit
Inaugural holder Božo Petrović-Njegoš
Formation20 March 1879
Salary15,522 USD annually [1]

The prime minister of Montenegro (Montenegrin: Predsednik Vlade Crne Gore) (President of the government of Montenegro), 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, including a list of proposed ministers. The resignation of the prime minister will cause the dissolution of his Government.


The current prime minister, Duško Marković, member of the Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro, was elected by the Parliament on 28 November 2016.

History of the office

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. 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 prince (later king) 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. However, 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


   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
Nicholas I, King of Montenegro, 1841-1921, head and shoulders portrait, facing left LCCN2005680731.jpg
1 Bozo Petrovic-Njegos portrait.tif Vojvoda
Božo Petrović-Njegoš
20 March 187919 December 190526 years,

272 days

2 Lazar Mijuskovic 1916.jpg Lazar Mijušković
19 December 190524 November 1906340 days True People's Party
3 Unknown-person.gif Marko Radulović
24 November 19061 February 190769 days People's Party
4 Andrija Radovic.jpg Andrija Radović
1 February 190717 April 190775 days People's Party
5 Dr Lazar Tomanovic .jpg Lazar Tomanović
17 April 190728 August 19103 years,

132 days

Kingdom of Montenegro
(5) Dr Lazar Tomanovic .jpg Lazar Tomanović
28 August 191019 June 19121 year,

295 days

6 Mitar Martinovich Min of Montenegro.jpg Vojvoda
Mitar Martinović
19 June 19128 May 1913323 days True People's Party
7 Brigadir Janko Vukotic.jpg Serdar
Janko Vukotić
8 May 191316 July 19152 years,

68 days

8 Milo Matanovic.jpg General
Milo Matanović
16 July 19152 January 1916170 days Independent
(2) Lazar Mijuskovic 1916.jpg Lazar Mijušković
2 January 191625 January 191623 days True People's Party
Montenegrin government-in-exile.
(2) Lazar Mijuskovic 1916.jpg Lazar Mijušković
25 January 191612 May 1916108 days True People's Party
(4) Andrija Radovic.jpg Andrija Radović
12 May 191617 January 1917245 days People's Party
(8) Milo Matanovic.jpg General
Milo Matanović
17 January 191711 June 1917150 days Independent
9 Evgenije Popovic.jpg Evgenije Popović
11 June 191717 February 19191 year,

249 days

10 Anto Gvozdenovic (cropped).jpg General
Anto Gvozdenović
17 February 19191 March 19212 years,

12 days

11 Jovan S. Plamenac.jpg Jovan Plamenac
1 March 192113 January 1922318 days True People's Party Michael
Mihailo Petrovich Negosh.jpg
12 Unknown-person.gif General
Milutin Vučinić
13 January 192213 February 192231 days True People's Party
(10) Anto Gvozdenovic (cropped).jpg General
Anto Gvozdenović
13 February 192213 July 1922150 days Independent
From 1922 until 1941 territory of Montenegro was part of Zeta oblast and later banovina within Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

Socialist Republic

   Communist Party / League of Communists

Head of GovernmentName
Term of officePolitical party
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
Minister for Montenegro
N/A Milovan Dilas.jpg Milovan Đilas
7 March 194517 April 194541 days Communist Party
Prime Minister of NR Montenegro
N/A Blazo Jovanovic.jpg General
Blažo Jovanović
17 April 19454 February 19537 years,

291 days

Communist Party (renamed)

League of Communists

President of the Executive Council
Blazo Jovanovic.jpg General
Blažo Jovanović
4 February 195316 December 1953315 days League of Communists
Filip Bajkovic.jpg Filip Bajković
16 December 195312 July 19628 years,

208 days

League of Communists
Dordije Pajkovic.jpg Đorđije Pajković
12 July 196225 June 1963348 days League of Communists
Veselin Duranovic.jpg Veselin Đuranović
25 June 19638 December 19663 years,

165 days

League of Communists
Unknown-person.gif Mijuško Šibalić
8 December 19665 May 1967148 days League of Communists
Vidoje Zarkovic.jpg Vidoje Žarković
5 May 19677 October 19692 years,

154 days

League of Communists
Unknown-person.gif Žarko Bulajić
7 October 19696 May 19744 years,

211 days

League of Communists
Marko Orlandic.jpg Marko Orlandić
6 May 197428 April 19783 years,

356 days

League of Communists
Unknown-person.gif Momčilo Cemović
28 April 19787 May 19824 years,

9 days

League of Communists
Unknown-person.gif Radivoje Brajović
7 May 19826 June 19864 years,

30 days

League of Communists
Unknown-person.gif Vuko Vukadinović
6 June 198629 March 19892 years,

296 days

League of Communists
Stevan Kragujevic,Radoje Kontic, jugoslovenski i crnogorski politicar.JPG Radoje Kontić
29 March 198915 February 19911 year,

321 days

League of Communists


   Democratic Party of Socialists

Head of GovernmentName
ElectedTerm of officePolitical party President
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
Republic of Montenegro Momir Bulatović
Momir Bulatovic (cropped).jpg
Prime Minister
Milo Dukanovic.jpg Milo Đukanović
15 February 19915 February 19986 years,

355 days

Democratic Party of Socialists
FilipVujanovic.jpg Filip Vujanović
5 February 19988 January 20034 years,

337 days

Democratic Party of Socialists Milo Đukanović
Milo Dukanovic.jpg
Milo Dukanovic.jpg Milo Đukanović
2002 8 January 200321 May 20063 years,

134 days

Democratic Party of Socialists Filip Vujanović
Independent Montenegro
Prime Minister
Milo Dukanovic.jpg Milo Đukanović
 21 May 200610 November 2006173 days Democratic Party of Socialists
Unknown-person.gif Željko Šturanović
2006 10 November 200629 February 20081 year,

110 days

Democratic Party of Socialists
Milo Dukanovic.jpg Milo Đukanović
2009 29 February 200829 December 20102 years,

304 days

Democratic Party of Socialists
Luksic portrait.jpg Igor Lukšić
 29 December 20104 December 20121 year,

339 days

Democratic Party of Socialists
Milo Dukanovic.jpg Milo Đukanović
2012 4 December 201228 November 20163 years,

358 days

Democratic Party of Socialists
PM Dusko Markovic.jpg Duško Marković
2016 28 November 2016Incumbent3 years, 201 days Democratic Party of Socialists Milo Đukanović
Milo Dukanovic.jpg

Living former prime ministers

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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
NameTermDate of birth
Radivoje Brajović 1982198611 January 1935
Radoje Kontić 1989199131 May 1937
Milo Đukanović 19911998,
15 February 1962
Filip Vujanović 199820031 September 1954
Igor Lukšić 2010201214 June 1976

The most recent death of a former prime minister of Montenegro is that of Željko Šturanović (2006–2008) on 30 June 2014.

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