President of Botswana

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President of the
Republic of Botswana
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Dr.Mokgweetsi Masisi

since 1 April 2018
Residence State House
Appointer Parliament of Botswana
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Seretse Khama
Formation 30 September 1966
Deputy Vice-President of Botswana
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The President of the Republic of Botswana is the head of state and the head of government of Botswana, as well as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, according to the Constitution of Botswana.

The president is elected to a five-year term that runs concurrently with the term of the National Assembly. Since 1997, he has been limited to a total of 10 years in office (equivalent to two full terms), even if they are nonconsecutive. Candidates for the legislature declare whom they endorse for president when they lodge their nomination papers. The candidate who receives a majority of endorsements from the elected members of the National Assembly is automatically elected.[1][2][3] If no candidate receives a majority of endorsements, the National Assembly elects the president by simple majority, before it co-opts the specially elected members. If no president is elected after three ballots, or if the Speaker determines that no candidate has enough support to be elected, the legislature is automatically dissolved.[2] In practice, the president is the leader of the majority party in the Assembly.


Political parties
  • Died in office

Presidents of Botswana (1966–present)

Picture Name
Elected Took office Left office Political Party
1 Seretse Khama
30 September 1966 13 July 1980[†] BDP
2 QuettMasire1980 (cropped).jpg Quett Masire
18 July 1980 31 March 1998 BDP
3 Festus Mogae 2009-06-23.jpg Festus Mogae
1 April 1998 1 April 2008 BDP
4 Ian Khama (2014) (cropped).jpg Ian Khama
1 April 2008 1 April 2018 BDP
5 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference London 2018 (45245990491) (cropped).jpg Mokgweetsi Masisi
1 April 2018 Incumbent BDP

Lifespan timeline of Presidents of Botswana

This is a graphical lifespan timeline of Presidents of Botswana. The presidents are listed in order of office.[citation needed]

Mokgweetsi Masisi Ian Khama Festus Mogae Quett Masire Seretse Khama


  1. ^ Chaudry, Serena (2009-10-18). "Botswana's President Khama wins new term". The Independent. Reuters.
  2. ^ a b The President and Vice President. Chapter 4, Part I, Constitution of Botswana
  3. ^ Ntuane, Batsalo. Democratic forces must safeguard presidential term limits. Mwegi, 2006-05-22.

See also


  • World Statesmen - Botswana
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