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Prime minister: Most senior minister of cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system
A prime minister is the head of a cabinet and the leader of the ministers in the executive branch of government, often in a parliamentary or semi-presidential system. A prime minister is not the head of state of their respective nation nor a monarch, rather they are the head of government, serving typically under a monarch in a hybrid of aristocratic and democratic government forms or a president in a republican form of government.


Polish PM seeks visit to Russia for plane crash and Katyn anniversaries

Poland's prime minister said he wants to visit Russia to commemorate the victims of a World War Two massacre and 2010 plane crash, amid heightened tensions with Moscow after recent comments by Vladimir..
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Spain's PM postpones talks on Catalonia until after regional election

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has decided to postpone talks with the northeastern restive region of Catalonia until after the region holds elections, the government said on Thursday.
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Russia PM's government resigns [Video]Russia PM's government resigns

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his government have resigned. Medvedev has agreed to take a new role in overseeing defence and security.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 14:40Published

Iraqi students protest as PM's nomination delayed [Video]Iraqi students protest as PM's nomination delayed

Hundreds of Iraqi students took to the streets of Basra on Tuesday, blaming the ruling political parties for the delay in the nomination of a new prime minister.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:33Published


Greek PM says no EU deal on Libya unless Turkey accord scrapped

The European Union will not agree to a political solution to Libya's factional conflict unless Turkey and Libya abandon a maritime accord they signed in November, Greek prime minister Kyriakos..
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Malaysian PM says coalition could be a one-term government unless it stops infighting

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday his ruling coalition could be a one-term government if it does not make changes and stop infighting.
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French PM says transport strikes against pension reform will go nowhere

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Wednesday that public transport unions' strikes will not succeed in stopping the government's planned reform of the pension system.
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Spanish PM hopes to meet Catalan leader, Madrid to negotiate deficit targets

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday he wanted to meet Catalonia's pro-independence regional leader "as soon as possible" and hoped Madrid would start negotiations soon with the..
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French PM offers concession to unions over pension reform

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe offered a major concession to unions contesting his government's overhaul of the pension system on Saturday, in a move aimed at ending strikes which are now in..
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Romanian PM says aims to trigger snap election

Romanian liberal Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Friday he will try to trigger a snap parliamentary election by mid-year in an attempt to restore confidence after years of political instability.
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Spain's PM names UN's Arancha Gonzalez as foreign minister

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will appoint Arancha Gonzalez, assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, as the country's foreign minister, the government said on Friday.
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Thailand's fugitive ex-PM siblings tout new DNA venture at Vegas expo

They are both former prime ministers and officially Thailand's most-wanted siblings, but in exile abroad, ousted Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck have turned to the more modest..
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Iraqi PM received word from Iran about missile attack

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi received word from Iran that its response to the U.S. killing of its top general was either imminent or under way, his spokesman said on Wednesday.
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Iraqi PM and Saudi Crown Prince discuss ramifications of events in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi discussed the situation in his country and in the wider region with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday, his office said.
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Iraqi PM declares national mourning for Soleimani, Muhandis: statement

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi declared on Saturday three days of national mourning for Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and others killed..
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Iraqi PM says U.S. killing of Iranian commander will 'light the fuse' of war

Iraq's prime minister condemned on Friday the U.S. killing of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and said it would "light the fuse" of war.
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Iraqi PM condemns U.S. killing of Iran's Soleimani: statement

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi condemned on Friday the "assassination" of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a U.S. air strike in..
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U.S. air strikes will have "dangerous consequences", Iraqi PM says

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday condemned air strikes by the United States on several bases belonging to an Iranian-backed militia group in Iraq and said the attack would have..
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Croatian court finds head of Hungary's MOL, Croatia's ex-PM guilty of bribery

A Croatian court ruled on Monday that the head of Hungarian energy group MOL and Croatia's former prime minister were guilty in a corruption case, opening a new chapter in a legal saga that has been..
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Lebanon's new PM aims to form government within six weeks - Deutsche Welle interview

Lebanon's new prime minister designate Hassan Diab said in an interview with Deutsche Welle he will work on forming a government within six weeks to help pull the country out of a deepening economic..
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French PM defies unions with pension overhaul, they pledge more strikes

France's prime minister said on Wednesday its people should work two years longer to get a full pension, drawing a hostile response from trade unions who said they would step up strike action to force..
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Ask 'old people' for advice, world's oldest PM says to the youngest

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, the world's oldest serving premier, said on Tuesday it would be a good idea for the world's youngest prime minister, Finland's Sanna Marin, to ask "old people" for their..
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French PM says he is determined to complete pension reform

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said he is determined to see through his government's planned pensions reform, but the leader of hardline union CGT said he will fight until the plan is..
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As unions turn the screws, French PM says pension reform unavoidable

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Friday nationwide strikes in the public sector would not weaken his resolve to reform the pension system but promised workers would be spared a brutal..
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French PM says not looking for confrontation in pension reform

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Friday he was sticking with plans to reform the country's pension system but insisted change would be gradual and "not brutal".
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Sri Lanka's new leader appoints his PM brother as Finance Minister

Sri Lanka's newly-elected leader Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, the current Prime Minister, as the interim government's new finance minister, state television showed in a..
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Malaysian court says 1MDB-linked case against Najib will move forward; ex-PM to defend

A Malaysian court on Monday ordered former Prime Minister Najib Razak to present his defense against seven charges in a case linked to a scandal surrounding 1MDB, saying a unit of the state fund had..
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Iraqi PM concedes 'mistakes made' as protesters pushed back in Baghdad

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Saturday that political parties had "made mistakes" in their running of the country, promising electoral reform and other measures as he sought to bring an..
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Iraqi PM calls for protests to allow a return to 'normal life'

Iraq's Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi said on Saturday that although protests were important in bringing about reform, life in the country must be allowed to return to normal.
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'There are problems': Doubts in Darfur as new PM promises peace

Saleha Nour sits selling nuts in the market in El Fasher, Darfur and dismisses her new prime minister's promise of a brighter new future with a wave of her hand.
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Spain's Socialist PM rules out grand coalition with conservatives

Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Friday ruled out forming a "grand coalition" with the opposition People's Party (PP) after a parliamentary election on Nov. 10.
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Amid unrest, Iraqi PM will only resign if replacement found: president

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi is ready to resign only if parliament's main blocs can agree on his replacement, President Barham Salih said on Thursday, as tens of thousands gathered in Baghdad..
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Iraqi PM orders deployment of elite troops to end Baghdad protests -sources

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has ordered elite counter-terrorism troops to deploy in the streets of Baghdad and use any means to end protests against his government, two security sources told..
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Iraqi PM warns against violence on eve on planned anti-government protests

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Thursday people would be free to exercise their right to demonstrate at imminent anti-government protests, but warned violence would not be tolerated.
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Lebanese prosecutor charges ex-PM and Bank Audi over loans

A Lebanese public prosecutor has brought charges against former prime minister Najib Mikati and Bank Audi for making illicit gains through subsidized housing loans, state media and a judicial source..
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Spanish PM visits Barcelona, criticizes regional chief

Spain's acting prime minister accused Catalonia's pro-seccession president of failing in his duty to ensure public order and peace between pro and anti-indepedence supporters as he visited regional..
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Spanish PM tells Catalan leader to denounce violence

Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Saturday dismissed a call for dialogue from Catalonia's regional chief, telling him he must first condemn the separatist unrest that is roiling Barcelona.
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Irish PM welcomes Brexit deal as unique solution for Northern Ireland

Ireland's prime minister on Thursday welcomed the Brexit deal struck by Britain and the European Union as a "unique solution" for Northern Ireland that respected the British-run region's unique history..
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Finnish PM hopes for Brexit deal to avoid no-deal split

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne said on Wednesday he still hoped for a last-minute Brexit deal so that the European Union and Britain do not descend into a most damaging, chaotic split.
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Irish PM says flawed Northern Ireland assembly veto should be overhauled

A veto mechanism in Northern Ireland's devolved parliament that was intended to prevent discrimination toward one community over another should be overhauled in talks to restore the local assembly,..
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Irish PM says still outstanding Brexit issues, may need more time

There are still issues to be resolved in Brexit negotiations, particularly on the issue of consent for Northern Ireland as well as some on customs, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday..
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Finnish PM says Britain is seriously trying to avoid hard Brexit

Finland's prime minister, Antti Rinne, said on Tuesday that for the first time, it looked like Britain was trying to reach an agreement to avoid a hard Brexit at the end of October.
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Bulgarian PM urges soccer chief to resign after racism furore

Bulgaria's prime minister called on Tuesday for the president of the country's football union to resign following racist abuse and monkey chants from Bulgarian fans towards black England players during..
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Irish PM's popularity surges as Brexit takes center stage: poll

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's approval rating has jumped sharply as voters back his government's approach on Brexit ahead of a parliamentary election he wants to hold in May, a poll showed on..
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Finnish PM says more time needed for Brexit negotiations

Finland's Prime Minister Antti Rinne said on Monday more time was needed for the Brexit negotiations and that they could continue even after a summit of European Union leaders set for Thursday and..
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UK remains a long way from Brexit deal: BBC citing PM's office

Britain remains a long way from getting a final Brexit deal and the next few days will be critical if it is to agree departure terms with the European Union, the BBC cited a source at Prime Minister..
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Iraqi PM announces cabinet reshuffle after week of bloody protests

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday announced a cabinet reshuffle, declared three days of national mourning and said those who shot protesters would be punished as he sought to quell..
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Greek PM asks Pompeo for U.S. help to calm Turkish offshore tensions

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged the United States on Saturday to use its influence to defuse tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, where Cyprus and Turkey are locked in a dispute over..
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Greek PM tells U.S.'s Pompeo Turkey violating Cyprus's sovereign rights

Turkey is violating the sovereign rights of Cyprus, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told United States' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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New Brexit proposals basis for discussion 'at best', Dutch PM says

Britain's new Brexit proposals "at best" could form a basis for further discussions, but many questions still remain, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.
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Iraqi PM demands parliamentary support to reshuffle cabinet after deadly unrest

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi called on lawmakers on Thursday to support him to reshuffle cabinet posts and urged calm after three days of deadly civil unrest rocked the country.
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