Ali Mohamed Shein

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Dr Ali Mohamed Shein
Ali Mohamed Shein, September 2014 (cropped).jpg
7th President of Zanzibar
Assumed office
3 November 2010
Vice PresidentsSeif Sharif Hamad (First)
Seif Ali lddi (Second)
Preceded byAmani Abeid Karume
8th Vice President of Tanzania
In office
13 July 2001 – 3 November 2010
Preceded byOmar Ali Juma
Succeeded byMohamed Gharib Bilal
Personal details
Born (1948-03-13) 13 March 1948 (age 71)
Chokocho, Pemba, Zanzibar
Political partyCCM
Spouse(s)Mwanamwema Shein
ResidenceZanzibar State House
Alma materOdessa State University (MSc)
University of Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School (PhD)
ProfessionMedical doctor

Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein (born 13 March 1948) is the 7th President of Zanzibar,[1] in office since 2010. He was previously Vice President of Tanzania from 2001 to 2010. Shein is originally from the island of Pemba, and he is a member of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party. He is a medical doctor by profession.

Early life and career[edit]

Shein completed his secondary education at Lumumba College, Zanzibar. In 1969–1970 he joined Preparatory Faculty, Voronezh State University, USSR for “A” Level High Education before he took an undergraduate course from 1970–1975 at Odessa State University, USSR 1984–1988. Dr. Shein attained A Master of Science in Medical Biochemistry at the Medical School University of Newcastle England, U.K. Dr.Shein was awarded Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine, specializing in “Inborn Errors of Metabolism”. He completed a course in HIV/AIDS in Developing Countries at the University of East Anglia in 1995.

Dr.Shein worked as a Clerk at the Ministry of Education and Assistant to the Deputy Principal Secretary from May 1969 – September 1969. In 1976–1984 he was Head of the Department of Diagnosis and the Department of Patgy at the Ministry of Health. He was also Specialist in Diagnosis and Head of the Department of Pathology, Ministry of Health from 1989–1991. From Nov. 1991 – July 1995 Dr.Shein served as a Programme Manager, AIDS Prevention Project at the Ministry of Health, and Advisor to the Ministry on Laboratory Services and Diagnosis. Dr. Shein was appointed by the President of Zanzibar to be Member of the House of Representatives on 29 October 1995. He was then appointed Deputy Minister of Health on 12 November 1995.From 6 November 2000 he was Member of the House of Representatives at Mkanyageni Constituency in Zanzibar before appointed to be a Minister of State, President’s Office, Constitution and Good Governance in Zanzibar on 22 November 2000 and later on Vice President of Tanzania July 2001.[2]

Political career[edit]

1966 – Member of the Afro-Shirazi Party Youth League- A.S.P.Y.L. Jan. – Dec. 1969 – Publicity Secretary, A.S.P.Y.L., Lumumba College 1968 – A.S.P.Y.L. Secretary, Zanzibar Secondary School. 1969 – Member of the Afro Shiraz Party. Dr Ali Mohamed Shein has been nominated by the ruling party CCM on 9 July 2010 as a presidential candidate for CCM in Zanzibar.Dr.Shein got 117 votes while Dr Bilali and Vuai Nahodha got 54 and 33 respectively and was elected a new president of Zanzibar and the only one from Pemba Island by 50.1% on 31 October 2010.[3]

Honours and awards[edit]

Honorary degrees
  • College of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (COPECSA), September 2014[4][5]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Mushi, Deogratias (2 November 2010). "Tanzania: Isles Picks Shein for President". Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam). Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Shein honoured for health contribution". Daily News. 27 September 2014. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Dk. Shein akabidhiwa Digrii ya heshima ya Copecsa". Ikulu Zanzibar. Archived from the original on 13 October 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.

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