List of Presidents of Zimbabwe
|President of the
Republic of Zimbabwe
|Term length||5 years (renewable once)|
|Inaugural holder||Clifford Dupont
Josiah Zion Gumede
|Formation||2 March 1970
1 June 1979
18 April 1980
|Deputy||Vice-President of Zimbabwe|
|Salary||US$ 4,000 (2014)|
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The President of Zimbabwe is the head of state of Zimbabwe. The office was first held by Canaan Banana following its independence in 1980. From 31 December 1987 to 11 February 2009 the President was also the head of government, as the position of Prime Minister was abolished by Banana's successor, Robert Mugabe. Following political negotiations in 2008 and 2009, the position of Prime Minister was restored, and the President again became solely the head of state.
History of the office
The office of the President of Zimbabwe was established in 1980, when the country gained independence from the United Kingdom. A Methodist minister, Canaan Banana, became the first President and he served until 1987, in a mostly ceremonial role. The real power was vested in the Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe. In 1987, Mugabe succeeded Banana as President after he revised the Constitution to make himself Executive President.
Presidents of Zimbabwe (1980–present)
|Took office||Left office||Political Party|
|18 April 1980||31 December 1987||Zimbabwe African National Union|
|31 December 1987||Incumbent||Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front|
Rank by time in office
|Rank||President||Time in office|
|1||Robert Mugabe (Incumbent)||26 years, 233 days|
|2||Canaan Banana||7 years, 257 days|
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- Gumbo, Lloyd (2014-04-22). "President reveals monthly salary". The Herald (Zimbabwe). Retrieved 2014-04-22.
- Currently serving his fifth term. Elected by contested presidential elections in 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008 and 2013