Mamnoon Hussain

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Mamnoon Hussain
ممنون حسین
Mamnoon Hussain 2014.jpg
12th President of Pakistan
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 September 2013
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by Asif Ali Zardari
Governor of Sindh
In office
19 June 1999 – 12 October 1999
Preceded by Moinuddin Haider
Succeeded by Azim Daudpota
Personal details
Born (1940-12-23) 23 December 1940 (age 74)
Agra, British Raj
(now India)
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Residence Aiwan-e-Sadr
Alma mater Institute of Business Administration, Karachi
Religion Islam
Website Government website

Mamnoon Hussain (Urdu: ممنون حسین‎; born 23 December 1940) is a Pakistani textile businessman and politician[1] who has been President of Pakistan since 9 September 2013.

Hussain briefly served as Governor of Sindh in 1999; his stint as Governor was cut short by the October 1999 military coup d'état. Hussain was elected as President of Pakistan on 30 July 2013; he received 432 votes, while rival candidate Wajihuddin Ahmed received 77 votes. He took office on 9 September 2013, succeeding Asif Ali Zardari, who did not seek re-election.

Personal life[edit]

Mamnoon Hussain hails from an Urdu-speaking family[2] of shoe traders[3] and was born in Agra, India during the British colonial rule.[4] He and his family migrated to Karachi in 1949 after the Partition of India in 1947.[5] He earned his degree from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi in the 1960s. Hussain was once president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.[6] He briefly served as Governor of Sindh in 1999. He was the fourth amongst his eight brothers and four sisters. His father had married three times after the death of his first wife who was his 'epic love'

Political career[edit]

Azhar Haroon, current president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry is quoted to have said: "He had no political affiliation until 1999 but his polite discourse and professional ability impressed Nawaz Sharif, who made him Governor of Sindh"[7] He is a relatively less known figure,[5][8] a described as loyal to Nawaz Sharif,[9] and was elected as President of Pakistan as the official nominee of the PML-N in the July 2013 presidential election. Hussain secured 432 votes and his one and only rival Wajihuddin Ahmed received 77.[10] He was sworn in on 9 September 2013 in a ceremony held at Aiwan-i-Sadar, attended by main stream political and military leadership alongside foreign dignitaries, media personnel and his close relatives.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Moinuddin Haider
Governor of Sindh
1999
Succeeded by
Azim Daudpota
Preceded by
Asif Ali Zardari
President of Pakistan
2013–present
Incumbent