First Minister of Wales

The first minister of Wales (Welsh: prif weinidog Cymru) is the leader of the Welsh Government and keeper of the Welsh Seal. The first minister chairs the Welsh Cabinet and is primarily responsible for the formulation, development and presentation of Welsh Government policy. Additional functions of the first minister include promoting and representing Wales in an official capacity, at home and abroad, and responsibility for constitutional affairs, as they relate to devolution and the Welsh Government.

First Minister of Wales
Welsh: Prif Weinidog Cymru
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Incumbent
Mark Drakeford
since 13 December 2018 (2018-12-13)
Welsh Government
Welsh Cabinet
Senedd
StyleFirst Minister
(informal)
The Right Honourable
(UK and Commonwealth)
His Excellency
(international)
StatusHead of Government
AbbreviationFM
Member of
Reports toSenedd
SeatCardiff
NominatorSenedd
AppointerThe Monarch
Term lengthFive years
Formation12 May 1999
First holderAlun Michael AM
Salary£148,575 per annum (2022)[1] (including £67,920 MS salary)
Websitegov.wales/rt-hon-mark-drakeford-ms

The first minister is a Member of the Senedd, and is nominated by the Senedd (Welsh Parliament; Welsh: Senedd Cymru)—before being officially appointed by the Monarch. Members of the Welsh Cabinet and junior ministers of the Welsh Government, as well as law officers, are appointed by the first minister. As head of the Welsh Government, the first minister is directly accountable to the Senedd for their actions and the actions of the Welsh Government. The main office of the first minister is in Tŷ Hywel which is adjacent to the Senedd building in Cardiff Bay. An additional office is also kept at the Crown Buildings, Cathays Park, Cardiff which is the headquarters of the Welsh Government.

Mark Drakeford of the Welsh Labour Party is the current first minister of Wales. He assumed office on 13 December 2018 as Wales' fourth First Minister, and the fourth first minister from the Labour Party, succeeding Carwyn Jones.


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