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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 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.

President of the
Republic of Zambia
Flag of the President of Zambia.svg
Presidential Flag
Edgar Lungu January 2015.jpg
Incumbent
Edgar Lungu

since 25 January 2015
Term length5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holderKenneth Kaunda
Formation24 October 1964
DeputyVice-President of Zambia

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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Presidents of Zambia (1964–present)Edit

Key

Political parties
Symbols
  • § Elected unopposed
  • Died in office
No. Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Took office Left office Time in office Political Party
1   Kenneth Kaunda
(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,

60 days

MMD
3   Levy Mwanawasa
(1948–2008)
2001
2006
2 January 2002 19 August 2008[†] 6 years,

230 days

MMD
4   Rupiah Banda
(1937–)
2008 19 August 2008 23 September 2011 3 years,

34 days

MMD
5   Michael Sata
(1937–2014)
2011 23 September 2011 28 October 2014[†] 3 years,

35 days

PF
6   Guy Scott
(1944–)
28 October 2014 25 January 2015 89 days PF
7   Edgar Lungu
(1956–)
2015
2016
25 January 2015 Incumbent 3 years,

338 days

PF

FootnotesEdit

Latest electionEdit

Rank by time in officeEdit

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 4 years, 82 days
5 Rupiah Banda 2 years, 325 days 3 years, 86 days
5 Rupiah Banda 126 days
6 Michael Sata 3 years, 35 days
7 Guy Scott 89 days

Living former PresidentsEdit

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

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit