President of Zambia

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President of the
Republic of Zambia
Flag of the President of Zambia.svg
Presidential Flag
Edgar Lungu, 26 july 2018 (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Edgar Lungu

since 25 January 2015
Term length5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holderKenneth Kaunda
Formation24 October 1964
DeputyVice-President of Zambia
Salary63,100 USD annually[1]
Websitehttps://www.sh.gov.zm/

The president of Zambia is the head of state and the head of government of Zambia. The office was first held by Kenneth Kaunda following independence in 1964. Since 1991, when Kaunda left the presidency, the office has been held by five others: Frederick Chiluba, Levy Mwanawasa, Rupiah Banda, Michael Sata, and current president Edgar Lungu. In addition, Acting president Guy Scott served in an interim capacity after the death of President Michael Sata.

Since 31 August 1991 the president is also the head of government, as the position of Prime Minister was abolished in the last months of Kaunda's presidential term.

The president is elected for a term of five years. Since 1991, the officeholder has been restricted to two consecutive terms.

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Key[edit]

Political parties
Symbols
  Denotes Vice President acting as President
  • § Elected unopposed
  • † Died in office

Officeholders[edit]

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Kenneth David Kaunda detail DF-SC-84-01864.jpg Kenneth Kaunda
(born 1924)
1968
1973[§]
1978[§]
1983[§]
1988[§]
24 October 1964 2 November 1991 27 years, 9 days UNIP
2 Frederick Chiluba
(1943–2011)
1991
1996
2 November 1991 2 January 2002 10 years, 61 days MMD
3 Levy Mwanawasa.jpg Levy Mwanawasa
(1948–2008)
2001
2006
2 January 2002 19 August 2008[†] 6 years, 230 days MMD
4 Rupiah Banda.jpg Rupiah Banda
(born 1937)
2008 19 August 2008 23 September 2011 3 years, 35 days MMD
5 Michael Sata (cropped).jpg Michael Sata
(1937–2014)
2011 23 September 2011 28 October 2014[†] 3 years, 35 days PF
Guy Scott.png Guy Scott
(born 1944)
28 October 2014 25 January 2015 89 days PF
6 Edgar Lungu, 26 july 2018 (cropped).jpg Edgar Lungu
(born 1956)
2015
2016
25 January 2015 Incumbent 6 years, 96 days PF

Latest election[edit]

Rank by time in office[edit]

Rank President Time in office
1 Kenneth Kaunda 27 years, 9 days
2 Frederick Chiluba 10 years, 61 days
3 Levy Mwanawasa 6 years, 230 days
4 Edgar Lungu 6 years, 96 days
5 Rupiah Banda 2 years, 325 days 3 years, 86 days
Rupiah Banda 126 days (Acting)
6 Michael Sata 3 years, 35 days
Guy Scott 89 days (Acting)

Living former presidents[edit]

There are two living former Zambian presidents and one living former acting president:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Presidential Emoluments (Amendment) Regulations, 2012 | Zambia Legal Information Institute". zambialii.org.

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