List of the first women heads of government and state in Muslim-majority countries

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This is a chronological list of women to be Head of State or Head of government in majority-Muslim countries, excluding those who held the role in a temporary capacity.

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Portrait Head of Government or State Country Status In office
(first time)
Benazir Bhutto.jpg Benazir Bhutto  Pakistan Prime Minister of Pakistan 2 December 1988 – 6 August 1990
Khaleda Zia former Prime Minister of Bangladesh cropped.jpg Khaleda Zia  Bangladesh Prime Minister of Bangladesh 20 March 1991 – 30 March 1996
Sheikh Hasina in London 2011.jpg Sheikh Hasina  Bangladesh Prime Minister of Bangladesh 23 June 1996 – 15 July 2001
Tansu Çiller 2015 (Cropped).jpg Tansu Çiller  Turkey Prime Minister of Turkey 25 June 1993 – 6 March 1996
Mame Madior Boye  Senegal Prime Minister of Senegal 3 March 2001 – 4 November 2002
Aminata Toure.jpg Aminata Touré 3 September 2013 – 8 July 2014
President Megawati Sukarnoputri - Indonesia.jpg Megawati Sukarnoputri  Indonesia President of Indonesia 23 July 2001 – 20 October 2004
Atifete Jahjaga 2011.jpg Atifete Jahjaga  Kosovo President of Kosovo 7 April 2011 – 7 April 2016
Roza Otunbayeva - World Economic Forum on Europe 2011.jpg Roza Otunbayeva  Kyrgyzstan President of Kyrgyzstan 7 April 2010 – 1 December 2011
Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé  Mali Prime Minister of Mali 3 April 2011 – 22 March 2012

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