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Seretse Khama Ian Khama[1] (or Ian a Serêtsê; born 27 February 1953)[2] was the President of Botswana. Khama was Vice President of Botswana before he became President. He was also a pilot in his younger years. Khama began his term as President on 1 April 2008 and served until 1 April 2018. His predecessor was Festus Mogae. His father, Seretse Khama, was the first President of Botswana.

Ian Khama
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4th President of Botswana
Assumed office
1 April 2008
Vice PresidentMokgweetsi Masisi
Ponatshego Kedikilwe
Mompati Merafhe
Preceded byFestus Mogae
5th Vice President of Botswana
In office
13 July 1998 – 1 April 2008
PresidentFestus Mogae
Preceded byFestus Mogae
Succeeded byMompati Sebogodi Merafhe
Personal details
Ian Seretse Khama

(1953-02-27) 27 February 1953 (age 66)
Chertsey, England, UK
Political partyBotswana Democratic Party
ParentsSeretse Khama (father)
Ruth Williams (mother)
Alma materRoyal Military Academy Sandhurst
Military service
Allegiance Botswana
Years of service1977–1998
RankLieutenant General
CommandsBotswana Defence Force


  1. "President Khama has a new official name". Mmegi Online. February 11, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  2. "True to tradition, Khama is born to rule Botswana", Sapa-AFP (Pretoria News), 1 April 2008.