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First Minister of Wales
Prif Weinidog Cymru
Mark Drakeford - National Assembly for Wales.jpg
Incumbent
Mark Drakeford

since 13 December 2018
Style The Right Honourable
Appointer Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Term length While commanding the confidence of the National Assembly for Wales
Inaugural holder Alun Edward Michael
Formation 12 May 1999
Website Website

The First Minister of Wales (Welsh: Prif Weinidog Cymru) is the leader of the Welsh Government. Wales' government is devolved, meaning it can make decisions on certain laws in Wales (any other laws are decided by the UK Government in Westminster). It was established in 1999.

The First Minister has several responsibilities:

  • Managing the Cabinet of the Welsh Government
  • Creating and co-ordinating government policy
  • Wales' relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom, and other countries
  • Staffing at the Welsh Government

The office of the First Minister is in Tŷ Hywel, and at the Senedd building in Cardiff. An office is also kept at the Crown Buildings, Cathays Park, Cardiff. The current First Minister, since 2018, is Mark Drakeford. The longest-serving First Minister was Rhodri Morgan.

List of First Secretaries and First Ministers

First Secretaries

First Ministers

  • Rhodri Morgan (16 October 2000–10 December 2009)
  • Carwyn Jones (10 December 2009 - 12 December 2018)
  • Mark Drakeford (since 13 December 2018)
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