President of Zanzibar

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President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar
Incumbent
Hussein Mwinyi
since 3 November 2020
Term lengthFive years, renewable once
Inaugural holderAbeid Karume
Formation12 January 1964
DeputyVice President of Zanzibar

The president of Zanzibar (Swahili: Rais wa Zanzibar) is the head of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, which is a semi-autonomous government within Tanzania. The current president is Hussein Mwinyi. The president is also the chairman of the Revolutionary Council, whose members are appointed by the president, and some of which must be selected from the House of Representatives.

The president is elected by a plurality. Presidential terms are for five years, and a candidate may be re-elected only once.[1]

Following the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964, Abeid Karume became the first president of Zanzibar, as leader of the Afro-Shirazi Party.

List of presidents of Zanzibar[edit]

President of the People's Republic of Zanzibar[edit]

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Term of office Political party Prime minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Abeid Karume
(1905–1972)
12 January 1964 26 April 1964 105 days Afro-Shirazi Party Hanga

Presidents of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar[edit]

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Term of office Political party Prime minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Abeid Karume
(1905–1972)
26 April 1964 7 April 1972
(assassinated.)
7 years, 347 days Afro-Shirazi Party Position abolished
2 Aboud Jumbe
(1920–2016)
7 April 1972 30 January 1984 11 years, 298 days
1980 Chama Cha Mapinduzi[a] Baki
3 Ali Hassan Mwinyi
(1925–2024)
1984 30 January 1984 24 October 1985 1 year, 267 days Chama Cha Mapinduzi Hamad
4 Idris Abdul Wakil
(1925–2000)
1985 24 October 1985 25 October 1990 5 years, 1 day Chama Cha Mapinduzi Hamad
Juma
5 Salmin Amour
(born 1948)
1990
1995
25 October 1990 8 November 2000 10 years, 14 days Chama Cha Mapinduzi Juma
Bilal
6 Amani Abeid Karume
(born 1948)
2000
2005
8 November 2000 3 November 2010 9 years, 360 days Chama Cha Mapinduzi Bilal
Nahodha
7 Ali Mohamed Shein
(born 1948)
2010
2015[b]
2016
3 November 2010 3 November 2020 10 years Chama Cha Mapinduzi Nahodha
Position abolished
8 Hussein Mwinyi
(born 1966)
2020 3 November 2020 Incumbent 3 years, 165 days Chama Cha Mapinduzi

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Founded on 5 February 1977.
  2. ^ Annulled.

Timeline[edit]

Hussein MwinyiAli Mohamed SheinAmani Abeid KarumeSalmin AmourIdris Abdul WakilAli Hassan MwinyiAboud JumbeAbeid Karume

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zanzibar: Electoral system". Electoral Institute of Southern Africa. Archived from the original on 4 June 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2009.

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