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The Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia (officially the Vice President of the Government of the Republic of Croatia (Croatian: Potpredsjednik/ Potpredsjednica Vlade Republike Hrvatske)), is the official deputy of the Prime Minister of Croatia. Article 109 of the Constitution of Croatia states that the cabinet is to be made up of the Prime Minister, one or more Deputy Prime Ministers and other cabinet ministers. According to convention, if the governing parliamentary majority is a coalition of parties, all junior partners in the coalition will usually be given one Deputy Prime Minister in the cabinet, with their rank usually being determined by the number of MPs the party has in Parliament. The Deputy Prime Ministers are permitted to simultaneously hold a ministerial portfolio while in office, but may also serve without holding such a portfolio.

Vice President of the Government of Croatia
Potpredsjednik/ Potpredsjednica Vlade Republike Hrvatske
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Incumbent
Damir Krstičević, Marija Pejčinović Burić, Predrag Štromar and Tomislav Tolušić

since 
19 October 2016 (Krstičević)
9 June 2017 (Pejčinović Burić)
19 June 2017 (Štromar)
25 May 2018 (Tolušić)
AppointerPrime Minister of Croatia
Term lengthAt the pleasure of the Prime Minister and the parliamentary majority
Inaugural holderBernardo Jurlina, Mate Babić and Milan Ramljak
Formation31 May 1990
Websitewww.vlada.hr

The Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia is not the constitutional successor of the Prime Minister and will not automatically assume the post of Prime Minister in the event of a vacancy. However, the Deputy Prime Minister may chair cabinet meetings in the event of the Prime Minister becoming temporarily incapacitated or otherwise unable to chair the meetings of his or her government cabinet.

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History of the officeEdit

The office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia was established on 31 May 1990, during the government of Stjepan Mesić. It was initially held by three people: Bernardo Jurlina, Mate Babić and Milan Ramljak. Since then 47 individuals have held the office, usually holding it simultaneously with several other people (e.g. the government of Jadranka Kosor at one point had six Deputy Prime Ministers). In addition, Deputy Prime Ministers may choose to combine their post with another government portfolio.

The current cabinet (in office since 19 October 2016) has four Deputy Prime Ministers: Damir Krstičević (since 2016), Marija Pejčinović Burić (since 2017), Predrag Štromar (since 2017) and Tomislav Tolušić (since 2018). Krstičević, Pejčinović Burić and Tolušić are members of the conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party, which is the larger partner in the ruling coalition, while Štromar is a member of the center-left Croatian People's Party-Liberal Democrats (HNS), which is the junior partner. Previously Ivan Kovačić (Most), Davor Ivo Stier (HDZ) and Martina Dalić (HDZ) also served as Deputy Prime Ministers in the Plenković cabinet at some point.

List of Deputy Prime MinistersEdit

Parties

  Croatian Democratic Union (30)
  Social Democratic Party (7)
  Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats (4)
  Croatian Social Liberal Party (3)
  Croatian Peasant Party (2)
  Bridge of Independent Lists (2)
  Independent Democratic Serb Party (1)

Note
  Denotes Deputy Prime Ministers who served as Prime Minister before or after holding the deputy prime ministership

Cabinet of Stjepan Mesić (1990)Edit

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
  Bernardo Jurlina
(1949–)
31 May 1990 24 August 1990 Croatian Democratic Union
  Mate Babić
(1939–)
31 May 1990 24 August 1990 Croatian Democratic Union
  Milan Ramljak
(1938–)
31 May 1990 24 August 1990 Croatian Democratic Union

Cabinet of Josip Manolić (1990–1991)Edit

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
  Bernardo Jurlina
(1949–)
24 August 1990 4 March 1991 Croatian Democratic Union
  Mate Babić
(1939–)
24 August 1990 8 November 1990 Croatian Democratic Union
  Milan Ramljak
(1938–)
24 August 1990 17 July 1991 Croatian Democratic Union
  Franjo Gregurić
(1939–)
8 November 1990 17 July 1991 Croatian Democratic Union

Cabinet of Franjo Gregurić (1991–1992)Edit

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
  Milan Ramljak
(1938–)
17 July 1991 12 August 1992 Croatian Democratic Union
  Mate Granić
(1947–)
31 July 1991 12 August 1992 Croatian Democratic Union
  Zdravko Tomac
(1937–)
31 July 1991 26 June 1992 Social Democratic Party
  Jurica Pavelić
(1947–)
15 November 1991 12 August 1992 Croatian Democratic Union

Cabinet of Hrvoje Šarinić (1992–1993)Edit

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
  Mate Granić
(1947–)
12 August 1992 3 April 1993 Croatian Democratic Union
  Vladimir Šeks
(1943–)
12 August 1992 3 April 1993 Croatian Democratic Union
  Darko Čargonja
(1965–)
12 August 1992 29 December 1992 Croatian Democratic Union
  Ivan Milas
(1939–2011)
27 August 1992 3 April 1993 Croatian Democratic Union
  Mladen Vedriš
(1950–)
29 December 1992 3 April 1993 Croatian Democratic Union

Cabinet of Nikica Valentić (1993–1995)Edit

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
  Mate Granić
(1947–)
3 April 1993 7 November 1995 Croatian Democratic Union
  Vladimir Šeks
(1943–)
3 April 1993 20 September 1994 Croatian Democratic Union
  Borislav Škegro
(1955–)
3 April 1993 7 November 1995 Croatian Democratic Union
  Ivica Kostović
(1943–)
12 October 1993 7 November 1995 Croatian Democratic Union
  Jure Radić
(1953–)
18 October 1994 7 November 1995 Croatian Democratic Union
  Bosiljko Mišetić
(1945–)
11 May 1995 7 November 1995 Croatian Democratic Union

Cabinet of Zlatko Mateša (1995–2000)Edit

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
  Borislav Škegro
(1955–)
7 November 1995 27 January 2000 Croatian Democratic Union
  Ivica Kostović
(1943–)
7 November 1995 14 October 1998 Croatian Democratic Union
  Jure Radić
(1953–)
7 November 1995 27 January 2000 Croatian Democratic Union
  Ljerka Mintas-Hodak
(1952–)
7 November 1995 27 January 2000 Croatian Democratic Union
  Milan Ramljak
(1938–)
14 May 1998 13 April 1999 Croatian Democratic Union

First and Second cabinet of Ivica Račan (2000–2003)Edit

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
  Goran Granić
(1950–)
27 January 2000 21 March 2002 Croatian Social Liberal Party
  Željka Antunović
(1955–)
27 January 2000 23 December 2003 Social Democratic Party
  Slavko Linić
(1949–)
27 January 2000 23 December 2003 Social Democratic Party
  Dražen Budiša
(1948–)
21 March 2002 30 July 2002 Croatian Social Liberal Party
  Goran Granić
(1950–)
30 July 2002 23 December 2003 Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats
  Ante Simonić
(1949–)
30 July 2002 23 December 2003 Croatian Peasant Party

First and Second cabinet of Ivo Sanader (2003–2009)Edit

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
  Jadranka Kosor
(1953–)
23 December 2003 6 July 2009 Croatian Democratic Union
  Andrija Hebrang
(1946–)
23 December 2003 15 February 2005 Croatian Democratic Union
  Damir Polančec
(1967–)
17 February 2005 6 July 2009 Croatian Democratic Union
  Đurđa Adlešič
(1960–)
12 January 2008 6 July 2009 Croatian Social Liberal Party
  Slobodan Uzelac
(1947–)
12 January 2008 6 July 2009 Independent Democratic Serb Party

Cabinet of Jadranka Kosor (2009–2011)Edit

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
  Damir Polančec
(1967–)
6 July 2009 30 October 2009 Croatian Democratic Union
  Đurđa Adlešič
(1960–)
6 July 2009 12 October 2010 Croatian Social Liberal Party
  Slobodan Uzelac
(1947–)
6 July 2009 23 December 2011 Independent Democratic Serb Party
  Božidar Pankretić
(1964–)
6 July 2009 23 December 2011 Croatian Peasant Party
  Ivan Šuker
(1957–)
19 November 2009 29 December 2010 Croatian Democratic Union
  Darko Milinović
(1963–)
19 November 2009 23 December 2011 Croatian Democratic Union
  Domagoj Ivan Milošević
(1970–)
29 December 2010 23 December 2011 Croatian Democratic Union
  Petar Čobanković
(1957–)
29 December 2010 23 December 2011 Croatian Democratic Union
  Gordan Jandroković
(1967–)
29 December 2010 23 December 2011 Croatian Democratic Union

Cabinet of Zoran Milanović (2011–2016)Edit

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
  Radimir Čačić
(1949–)
23 December 2011 14 November 2012 Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats
  Neven Mimica
(1953–)
23 December 2011 1 July 2013[1] Social Democratic Party
  Branko Grčić
(1964–)
23 December 2011 22 January 2016 Social Democratic Party
  Milanka Opačić
(1968–)
23 December 2011 22 January 2016 Social Democratic Party
  Vesna Pusić
(1953–)
16 November 2012 22 January 2016 Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats
  Ranko Ostojić
(1962–)
15 July 2013 22 January 2016 Social Democratic Party

Cabinet of Tihomir Orešković (2016)Edit

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
  Tomislav Karamarko
(1959–)
22 January 2016 15 June 2016 Croatian Democratic Union
  Božo Petrov
(1979–)
22 January 2016 19 October 2016 Bridge of Independent Lists

Cabinet of Andrej Plenković (2016–present)Edit

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
  Ivan Kovačić
(1974–)
19 October 2016 28 April 2017 Bridge of Independent Lists
  Davor Ivo Stier
(1972–)
19 October 2016 19 June 2017 Croatian Democratic Union
  Damir Krstičević
(1969–)
19 October 2016 Incumbent Croatian Democratic Union
  Martina Dalić
(1967–)
19 October 2016 14 May 2018 Croatian Democratic Union
  Predrag Štromar
(1969–)
9 June 2017 Incumbent Croatian People's Party-Liberal Democrats
  Marija Pejčinović Burić
(1963–)
19 June 2017 Incumbent Croatian Democratic Union
  Tomislav Tolušić
(1979–)
25 May 2018 Incumbent Croatian Democratic Union

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