President of Tanzania

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President of the United Republic of Tanzania
Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania
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Flag of the President of Tanzania.svg
The Presidential Standard
Samia Suluhu Hassan in May 2017.jpg
Samia Suluhu

since 19 March 2021
The Executive branch of the Tanzanian Government
Style Her Excellency (formal)
Mheshimiwa Rais  (Swahili)
Member of Cabinet
Residence Ikulu
Seat Dodoma
Term length Five years,
renewable once
Constituting instrument 1977 Constitution
Formation29 October 1964
First holder Julius Kambarage Nyerere
Deputy Vice President of Tanzania
Salary TSh 84 million (US$42,000) annually [1]

The president of the United Republic of Tanzania (Swahili : Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania) is the head of state and head of government of Tanzania. The president leads the executive branch of the Government of Tanzania and is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. [2] The president serves a term of five years. Since 1992, they are limited to two terms, whether successive or separated.


Samia Suluhu Hassan, sworn in on 19 March 2021, is the first female president of the United Republic of Tanzania following the death of John Magufuli on 17 March 2021.

Executive powers

The president of Tanzania is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and is "accountable to a legislature composed of elected members and representative of the people." [3]


After its independence in 1961 as Tanganyika, the country was first led by Sir Richard Turnbull as governor-general until Julius Nyerere became the first and only president under the 1962 constitution. The 1964 constitution after the merger of Tanganyika and Zanzibar has had 6 presidents with each serving multiple terms except Samia Suluhu. Julius Nyerere served 5 terms total from 1962-1985, having served 4 terms under the 1964 constitution. All presidents of Tanzania have been from the Tanganyika African National Union party which later merged to become the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party.

Latest election

CandidateRunning matePartyVotes%
John Magufuli Samia Suluhu Chama cha Mapinduzi 12,516,25284.40
Tundu Lissu Salum Mwalimu Juma Chadema 1,933,27113.04
Bernard Kamillius MembeOmar Fakih Hamad Alliance for Change and Transparency 81,1290.55
Leopord Lucas MahonaKhamis Ali Hassan National Reconstruction Alliance 80,7870.54
Ibrahim Haruna LipumbaHamida Huweishil Abdalla Civic United Front 72,8850.49
John Paul ShibudaHassan Kornely Kijogoo Tanzania Democratic Alliance 33,0860.22
Hashim Spunda RungweMohammed Massoud Rashid Chama cha Ukombozi wa Umma 32,8780.22
Yeremia Kulwa MaganjaKhamis Haji Ambar NCCR–Mageuzi 19,9690.13
Muttamwega Bhatt MgaywaSatia Mussa Bebwa Sauti ya Umma 14,9220.10
Cecilia Augustino MwangaTabu Mussa JumaAttentive Democracy Party14,5560.10
Philipo John FumboZaina Juma Khamis Democratic Party 8,2830.06
Queen Cuthbert SendigaKhamis Juma Shoka Alliance for Democratic Change 7,6270.05
Twalib Ibrahim KadegeRamadhan Ali Abdallah United People's Democratic Party 6,1940.04
Seif Maalim SeifRashid Ligania RaiAlliance for African Farmers Party4,6350.03
Khalfan Mohammed MazruiMashavu Alawi Haji Union for Multiparty Democracy 3,7210.03
Valid votes14,830,19598.27
Invalid/blank votes261,7551.73
Total votes15,091,950100.00
Registered voters/turnout29,754,69950.72

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