Definition of first minister noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


first minister

BrE BrE//ˌfɜːst ˈmɪnɪstə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfɜːrst ˈmɪnɪstər//
(also First Minister)
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the leader of the ruling political party in some regions or countries, for example in Scotland Culture There are First Ministers as leaders of the regional governments in the United Kingdom: the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly. The First Minister is chosen by the Parliament or Assembly, and is usually the leader of the party with the largest number of members. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, the First Minister selects an Executive, a group of ministers within the Parliament or Assembly that is responsible for deciding its policy and managing the work of its departments. The First Minister of Wales selects a group of Assembly Ministers to make up a Cabinet. The regional government of Wales has less power than that of Scotland. In Northern Ireland the First Minister works with a Deputy First Minister from an opposition party, so that the leaders of the main Unionist and Nationalist parties can work together as a team in the Northern Ireland Executive, representing both communities.