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Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
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4th President of Tanzania
In office
21 December 2005 – 5 November 2015
Vice President Ali M. Shein (2005–10)
Mr. Mohamed Bilal (2010–15)
Prime Minister Edward Lowassa (2005–08)
Mr. Mizengo Pinda (2008–15)
Preceded by Benjamin William Mkapa
Succeeded by John Magufuli
6th Chairperson of the African Union
In office
31 January 2008 – 2 February 2009
Preceded by John Kufuor
Succeeded by Muammar al-Gaddafi
11th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
November 1995 – 21 December 2005
Preceded by Joseph Rwegasira
Succeeded by Asha-Rose Migiro
7th Minister of Finance
In office
1994–1995
Preceded by Kighoma Malima
Succeeded by Mr. Simon Mbilinyi
Member of Parliament
for Chalinze
In office
1995–2005
Succeeded by Ramadhani Maneno
Personal details
Born 7 October 1951 (1951-10-07) (age 68)
Msoga, Tanganyika
Nationality Tanzanian
Political party CCM (1977–)
TANU (before 1977)
Spouse(s)
Salma Kikwete (m. 1989)
Children Eight
Residence Msoga, The United Republic Of Tanzania
Alma mater The University of Dar es Salaam
Tanzania Military Academy
Profession Economist
Twitter handle jmkikwete
Military service
Allegiance  United Rep. of Tanzania
Branch/service Tanzanian Army
Rank Lieutenant Colonel

Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (born 7 October 1951) was the fourth President of Tanzania, in office from 2005 to 2015. He has also served as the Chairperson of the African Union in 2008–2009 and the Chairman of the Southern African Development Community Troika on Peace, Defence and Security in 2012–2013.



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