Prime Minister of North Macedonia

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Prime Minister of North Macedonia
Премиер на Северна Македонија(Macedonian)
Kryeministër i Maqedonisë së Veriut
Coat of arms of North Macedonia.svg
Zoran Zaev official portrait 2020 (cropped).jpg
Zoran Zaev

since 30 August 2020
Appointer Assembly of North Macedonia
Term length No term limit
Inaugural holder Nikola Kljusev
27 January 1991
Formation Constitution of North Macedonia
16 April 1991
Salary15,600 USD annually [1]
Website Governmental web page

The prime minister of North Macedonia, [lower-alpha 1] officially the President of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia (Macedonian : Претседател на Владата на Република Северна Македонија, Albanian : Кryetari i Qeverisë së Republikës së Maqedonisë së Veriut), is the head of government of North Macedonia.


The prime minister is the leader of a political coalition in the Parliament and the leader of the cabinet. The current prime minister is Zoran Zaev, who has been serving for the second time since 30 August 2020, and first took office in 2017. [2]

History of the office

The country became a member of the United Nations in April 1993, but as a result of the naming dispute with Greece over the name "Macedonia", the prime ministerial post was admitted under the provisional description "Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" (abbreviated as "FYR Macedonia" or "FYROM"). In June 2018, the dispute was resolved with the Prespa agreement and that the country should rename itself "Republic of North Macedonia". This renaming came into effect in February 2019. [3]

Then country was a constituent republic within Yugoslavia. It was titled as the Socialist Republic of Macedonia and was a one-party communist state, the ruling political party being the League of Communists of Macedonia (Macedonian : Сојуз на комунистите на Македонија, СКМ, romanized: Sojuz na komunistite na Makedonija, SKM). Being a constituent state of Yugoslavia, a leading founder of the Non-Aligned Movement, SR Macedonia pursued a neutral foreign policy and maintained a more liberal communist system compared to other communist states. The ruling ideology was based on Titoism and Workers' self-management (Macedonian : самоуправување, romanized: samoupravuvanje).

List of prime ministers

SR Macedonia



PortraitTerm of officePolitical party
Minister for Macedonia
1Emanuel Čučkov
Emanuel Chuchkov - Emanuel Mane Chuchkov.jpg 7 March 19451945 KPM
Prime Minister
2 Lazar Koliševski
Lazar Kolisevski, foto.jpg 16 April 19451953 KPM
renamed in 1952
Chairmen of the Executive Council
Lazar Koliševski
Lazar Kolisevski, foto.jpg 1953December 1953 SKM
3 Ljupčo Arsov
Ljupco Arsov.jpg December 19531961 SKM
4Aleksandar Grličkov
Aleksandar Grlickov.jpg 19611965 SKM
5Nikola Minčev
Nikola Mincev (cropped).jpg 19651968 SKM
6 Ksente Bogoev
Ksente Bogoev.jpg 1968March 1974 SKM
7Blagoj Popov
Blagoja popov.jpg March 197429 April 1982 SKM
8Dragoljub Stavrev
Unknown-person.gif 29 April 1982June 1986 SKM
9Gligorije Gogovski
Unknown-person.gif June 198627 January 1991 SKM

North Macedonia


   SDSM    VMRO–DPMNE    Independent

Term of officePolitical partyElection
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
Nikola Kljusev
27 January 199117 August 19921 year, 203 days Independent 1990
Branko Crvenkovski
(born 1962)
17 August 199230 November 19986 years, 105 days SDSM 1994
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Ljubčo Georgievski
(born 1966)
30 November 19981 November 20023 years, 336 days VMRO-DPMNE 1998
Branko Crvenkovski
(born 1962)
1 November 200212 May 20041 year, 193 days SDSM 2002
Radmila Shekerinska official portrait 2020 (cropped).jpg
Radmila Šekerinska
(born 1972)
12 May 20042 June 200421 days SDSM
Hari Kostov
(born 1959)
2 June 200418 November 2004169 days Independent
Radmila Shekerinska official portrait 2020 (cropped).jpg
Radmila Šekerinska
(born 1972)
18 November 200417 December 200429 days SDSM
Vlado Buckovski 2005.jpg
Vlado Bučkovski
(born 1962)
17 December 200427 August 20061 year, 253 days SDSM
Nikola Gruevski EPP Summmit, Brussels; October 2014 (14987734924) (cropped).jpg
Nikola Gruevski
(born 1970)
27 August 200618 January 20169 years, 144 days VMRO-DPMNE 2006
Emil Dimitriev January 2016 (cropped).jpg
Emil Dimitriev
(born 1979)
18 January 201631 May 20171 year, 133 days VMRO-DPMNE
Zoran Zaev official portrait 2020 (cropped).jpg
Zoran Zaev
(born 1974)
31 May 20173 January 20202 years, 217 days SDSM 2016
Oliver Spasovski official portrait 2020 (cropped).jpg
Oliver Spasovski
(born 1976)
3 January 202030 August 2020240 days SDSM
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Zoran Zaev
(born 1974)
30 August 2020Incumbent361 days SDSM 2020

See also


  1. Macedonian: премиер на Северна Македонија, Albanian: kryeministër i Maqedonisë së Veriut

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