President of Zanzibar

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President of Zanzibar
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Ali Mohamed Shein

since 3 November 2010
Term length Five years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume
Formation 12 January 1964
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The President of Zanzibar is the head of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, which is a semi-autonomous government within Tanzania. The current President is Ali Mohamed Shein. The President is also the chairman of the Revolutionary Council, whose members are appointed by the President, and some of which must be selected from the House of Representatives of Zanzibar.

The President is elected by a plurality. Presidential terms are for five years, and a candidate may be re-elected only once.[1]

Following the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964, Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume became the first President of Zanzibar, as leader of the Afro-Shirazi Party.

List of Presidents of Zanzibar (1964–present)[edit]


      Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP)
      Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM)

# Picture Name
Took office Left office Political Party
People's Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba
1 Abeid Karume 1964.jpg Abeid Karume
12 January 1964 26 April 1964 ASP
Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar
1 Abeid Karume 1964.jpg Abeid Karume
26 April 1964 7 April 1972[2] ASP
2 No image.png Aboud Jumbe
7 April 1972 5 February 1977 ASP
(2) 5 February 1977 30 January 1984 CCM
3 Ali Hassan Mwinyi.jpg Ali Hassan Mwinyi
30 January 1984 24 October 1985 CCM
4 No image.png Idris Abdul Wakil
24 October 1985 25 October 1990 CCM
5 No image.png Salmin Amour
25 October 1990 8 November 2000 CCM
6 Amani Abeid Karume.jpg Amani Abeid Karume
8 November 2000 3 November 2010 CCM
7 Ali Mohamed Shein.jpg Ali Mohamed Shein
3 November 2010 Incumbent CCM


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