List of heads of state of Botswana

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President of the
Republic of Botswana
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Ian Khama

since 1 April 2008
Appointer Parliament of Botswana
Term length 5 years
Inaugural holder Seretse Khama
Formation 30 September 1966
Deputy Vice-President of Botswana
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Presidents of Botswana (1966–Present)[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Portrait Incumbent Affiliation Notes
Republic of Botswana (Lefatshe la Botswana)
30 September 1966 to 13 July 1980 SeretseKhama.jpg Seretse Khama, President BDP Died in office
13 July 1980 to 18 July 1980 Quett Masire detail DF-SC-85-12044.JPEG Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, Acting President BDP  
18 July 1980 to 31 March 1998 Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, President Retired
1 April 1998 to 1 April 2008 Festus Mogae.jpg Festus Gontebanye Mogae, President BDP Retired
1 April 2008 to Present Ian Khama.jpg Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President BDP Son of Seretse Khama


BDP Botswana Democratic Party conservative,
BNF Botswana National Front social-democratic
BPP Botswana People’s Party socialist
BCP Botswana Congress Party social-democratic

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