President of Botswana

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President of the
Republic of Botswana
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Mokgweetsi Masisi

since 1 April 2018
Appointer Parliament of Botswana
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Seretse Khama
Formation30 September 1966
Deputy Vice-President of Botswana
Salary65,760 USD annually [1]

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), whether successive or separated. For example, if current president Mokgweetsi Masisi were to leave office in 2024, he could run again in 2029, but would have to leave office for good in 2034. Presidential elections are indirect; candidates for the legislature declare whom they endorse for president when they lodge their nomination papers, and the candidate who receives a majority of endorsements from the elected members of the National Assembly is automatically elected. [2] [3] [4] 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. [3] In practice, the president is the leader of the majority party in the Assembly.


Political parties

Presidents of Botswana (1966–present)

ElectedTerm of officePolitical party
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
1 1980, Founding President of Botswana() (cropped).jpg Seretse Khama
30 September 196613 July 1980 [†] 13 years, 287 days BDP
2 QuettMasire1980 (cropped).jpg Quett Masire
18 July 198031 March 199817 years, 256 days BDP
3 Festus Mogae 2009-06-23.jpg Festus Mogae
(born 1939)
1 April 19981 April 200810 years BDP
4 Ian Khama (2014) (cropped) (cropped).jpg Ian Khama
(born 1953)
1 April 20081 April 201810 years BDP
5 Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana.jpg Mokgweetsi Masisi
(born 1962)
2019 1 April 2018Incumbent3 years, 171 days 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.

Mokgweetsi MasisiIan KhamaFestus MogaeQuett MasireSeretse KhamaPresident of Botswana


  1. "The highest and lowest paid African presidents - Business Daily".
  2. Chaudry, Serena (2009-10-18). "Botswana's President Khama wins new term". The Independent . Reuters.
  3. 1 2 The President and Vice President. Chapter 4, Part I, Constitution of Botswana
  4. Ntuane, Batsalo. Democratic forces must safeguard presidential term limits Archived 2018-06-23 at the Wayback Machine . Mwegi, 2006-05-22.

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