List of Presidents of Zambia

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President of the
Republic of Zambia
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Incumbent
Edgar Lungu

since 25 January 2015
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Kenneth Kaunda
Formation 24 October 1964
Deputy Vice President of Zambia
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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 further people: 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 term.

The President of Zambia is elected to a term of 5 years.

Presidents of Zambia (1964–present)[edit]

Parties

      United National Independence Party (UNIP)
      Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD)
      Patriotic Front (PF)

Key

§ Elected unopposed
Died in office

Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Took office Left office Political Party
1 Kenneth David Kaunda detail DF-SC-84-01864.jpg Kenneth Kaunda
(1924–)
1968
1973[§]
1978[§]
1983[§]
1988[§]
24 October 1964 2 November 1991 UNIP
2 No image.png Frederick Chiluba
(1943–2011)
1991
1996
2 November 1991 2 January 2002 MMD
3 Levy Mwanawasa.jpg Levy Mwanawasa
(1948–2008)
2001
2006
2 January 2002 19 August 2008[†] MMD
Rupiah Banda.jpg Rupiah Banda
(1937–)
Acting President
[1]
29 June 2008 2 November 2008 MMD
4 Rupiah Banda
(1937–)
2008 2 November 2008 23 September 2011
5 Michael Sata.jpg Michael Sata
(1937–2014)
2011 23 September 2011 28 October 2014[†] PF
Guy Scott.png Guy Scott
(1944–)
Acting President
[2]
28 October 2014 25 January 2015 PF
6 Edgar Lungu January 2015.jpg Edgar Lungu
(1956–)
2015 25 January 2015 Incumbent PF

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Acting for Mwanawasa to 19 August 2008.
  2. ^ Acting after Sata died in office.

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 Rupiah Banda 3 years, 86 days
5 Michael Sata 3 years, 35 days
6 Edgar Lungu 222 days

See also[edit]

External links[edit]