Presidents of Zambia
|President of the|
Republic of Zambia
|Term length||5 years, renewable once|
|Inaugural holder||Kenneth Kaunda|
|Formation||24 October 1964|
|Deputy||Vice President of Zambia|
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)
|Elected||Took office||Left office||Political Party|
|24 October 1964||2 November 1991||UNIP|
|2 November 1991||2 January 2002||MMD|
|2 January 2002||19 August 2008
(died in office)
|—||29 June 2008||2 November 2008||MMD|
|2008||2 November 2008||23 September 2011|
|2011||23 September 2011||28 October 2014
(died in office)
|—||28 October 2014||25 January 2015||PF|
|6||Edgar Lungu||2015||25 January 2015||Incumbent||PF|
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- Acting for Mwanawasa to 19 August 2008.
- Acting after Sata died in office.
Rank by time in office
|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||7 years, 310 days|
Living former Presidents
There are two living former Zambian Presidents and one living former acting president:
April 28, 1924
February 13, 1937
June 1, 1944