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Hon. Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein

Service History:
2010 - 2020 (President of Zanzibar)

Personal Detail
Birth Date: 1948-03-13
Birth Place: Chokocho, Mkoani District - Pemba,zanzibar.

Marital Status: Married


Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein is the 7th President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar. He was born in 13th, March in 1948 at Chokocho, Mkoani District in Pemba, Zanzibar.

He got his primary education in Unguja, the main island of Zanzibar in 1956 to 1964 at Gulioni Boys’ Primary School. In 1965 He joined Lumumba College for secondary education.

In 1969 he went to the U.S.S.R,Voronezh State University for a one-year Pre-university study. Later in 1975 he   pursued undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Medical Biochemistry at Odessa State University.  In 1984 Dr. Shein joined the Medical School at Newcastle Upon Tyne University England for PhD study. In 1988 he was conferred with a PhD degree in Clinical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine, specializing in “Inborn errors of Metabolism”.

From 1981 to 1995 Dr. Shein attended various training programs, local and international, including Blood Transfusion Services and Operation of Blood Banks which took place in Stockholm, Sweden (1981), Management and Situation Leadership, Dar es Salaam (1994) and Planning for HIV/AIDS Control Programme in Developing Countries, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K. (1995).

Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein started his career in 1969 as a Clerk in the Ministry of Education in Zanzibar. Later he was assigned to the work of Assistant Principal Secretary ‘B’ in the same Ministry. In 1979 to 1984 he was the head of Department - Pathology Laboratory Services at the Ministry of Health in Zanzibar.  When he returned from PhD studies in 1989 he was appointed head of Department of Pathology in the same ministry.  He became Program Manager for Zanzibar AIDS Control Programme within the Ministry of Health and Advisor to the same Ministry on Clinical Biochemistry and Diagnostic Services between 1991 and 1995.

Dr. Shein started his political career in Afro-Shirazi Youth League (ASPYL) while at school. In 1968 he was appointed as Publicity Secretary for ASPYLat Lumumba College.  In 1973 to 1975 he was elected President of Tanzania Students Union in Odessa in the former USSR.  He was a member of Afro Shirazi Party and later became founding member of Chama cha Mapinduzi following the union of TANU and ASP in February 1977.

On 29 October 1995 he was nominated Member of the House of Representatives and appointed as Zanzibar’s Deputy Minister of Health on 13th November.  In 1997 he was elected Member of the National Executive Committee of Chama cha Mapinduzi - NEC.  By virtue of his office, he was appointed to the CCM Central Committee in 2005.

He won the Mkanyageni constituency in general elections held on 6th November 2000 and became Member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives.  He was appointed Minister of State in the President’s Office Responsible for Constitutional Affairs and Good Governance on 22nd November 2000.
Dr. Shein was appointed Vice President by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania on 13th July 2001 and since then he has been a member of Central Committee of CCM.  When the ruling party presidential candidate won the 2005 general elections, being the running-mate, he was elected Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania and was sworn-in on 21st December 2005.

He contested the Zanzibar 2010 Presidential Election and was elected President on 31st October 2010.  He was sworn in President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council on 3rd November 2010.  He became Chancellor of the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) on 29th March, 2011.


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