First Sanader Cabinet

9th Cabinet of the Republic of Croatia
Date formed23 December 2003
Date dissolved12 January 2008
People and organisations
Head of stateStjepan Mesić
Head of governmentIvo Sanader
Deputy head of governmentJadranka Kosor,
Andrija Hebrang (2003–05),
and Damir Polančec (2005–08)
No. of ministers14 (on 12 January 2008)
Total no. of members19 (including former members)
Member partiesCroatian Democratic Union
Democratic Centre
(with support from HSLS, HSS and SDSS)
Status in legislatureMinority coalition government
Opposition partySocial Democratic Party
Opposition leaderIvica Račan (2003–2007)
Zoran Milanović (2007)
Election(s)23 November 2003
25 November 2007
Legislature term(s)2003–2007
PredecessorCabinet of Ivica Račan II
SuccessorCabinet of Ivo Sanader II

The Ninth Government of the Republic of Croatia (Croatian: Deveta Vlada Republike Hrvatske) was the first of two Croatian Government cabinets led by Prime Minister Ivo Sanader. It was announced on 23 December 2003 and its term ended on 12 January 2008. All but two cabinet members came from the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party, following their win in the 2003 parliamentary elections (with the exception of Dragan Primorac, who was formally a non-party minister at the time of his appointment, but later joined HDZ and Vesna Škare-Ožbolt who had been a member of HDZ in the 1990s but then joined the Democratic Centre, a small centre-right party which allied with HDZ after the 2003 elections).

Motions of confidence

Vote on the confirmation of the 9th Government of the Republic of Croatia
Ballot 23 December 2003
21 / 152
Required majority 77 Yes votes out of 152 votes
(Absolute majority of the total number of Members of Parliament)
88 / 152
29 / 152
14 / 152

Party breakdown

Party breakdown of cabinet ministers (12 January 2008):


Changes from Cabinet of Ivica Račan II

Since Račan's centre-left coalition was replaced by the centre-right HDZ government, all the ministers were newly appointed. Furthermore, some ministries were re-organised:

These changes had brought down the number of ministries from 19 in Račan's cabinet to 14 under PM Sanader. Also, the ministries of European Integration (headed by Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović) and Foreign Affairs (headed by Miomir Žužul) were later merged in February 2005, which further reduced the total number of government ministries to just 13.

List of ministers and portfolios

Some periods in the table extend after before 12 January 2008 because the minister continued to hold the post in the following Cabinet of Ivo Sanader II and Cabinet of Jadranka Kosor. The cabinet had two Deputy Prime Ministers: Jadranka Kosor and Andrija Hebrang, who both also served as ministers of their respective portfolios. When Hebrang resigned from both his posts as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health and Social Welfare in February 2005, he was replaced by Damir Polančec (as Deputy Prime Minister) and Neven Ljubičić (who took over his portfolio).

Minister Party Portfolio Term start Term end
Ivo Sanader HDZ Prime Minister 23 December 2003 6 July 2009
Damir Polančec HDZ Deputy Prime Minister 17 February 2005 12 January 2008
Petar Čobanković HDZ Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management 23 December 2003 12 January 2008
Božo Biškupić HDZ Culture 23 December 2003 29 December 2010
Berislav Rončević HDZ Defence 23 December 2003 12 January 2008
Jadranka Kosor HDZ Family, Veterans' Affairs and Inter-generational Solidarity 23 December 2003 6 July 2009
Ivan Šuker HDZ Finance 23 December 2003 29 December 2010
Miomir Žužul HDZ Foreign Affairs 17 February 2005 16 February 2005
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović HDZ European Integration 23 December 2003 16 February 2005
Foreign Affairs and European Integration 17 February 2005 12 January 2008
Andrija Hebrang HDZ Health and Social Welfare 23 December 2003 15 February 2005
Neven Ljubičić HDZ 16 February 2005 12 January 2008
Božidar Kalmeta HDZ Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development 23 December 2003 23 December 2011
Vesna Škare-Ožbolt DC Justice 23 December 2003 9 February 2006
Ana Lovrin HDZ 10 February 2006 10 October 2008
Marina Matulović-Dropulić HDZ Environment Protection, Spatial Planning and Construction 23 December 2003 29 December 2010
Dragan Primorac Non-party Science, Education and Sports 23 December 2003 2 July 2009
Marijan Mlinarić HDZ Interior 23 December 2003 12 July 2005
Ivica Kirin HDZ 12 July 2005 2 January 2008
Branko Vukelić HDZ Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship 23 December 2003 12 January 2008