Seretse Khama

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Sir Seretse Khama
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1st President of Botswana
In office
30 September 1966 – 13 July 1980
Vice President Quett Masire
Succeeded by Quett Masire
Personal details
Born (1921-07-01)1 July 1921
Serowe, Bechuanaland
Died 13 July 1980(1980-07-13) (aged 59)
Gaborone, Botswana
Nationality Motswana
Political party Botswana Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Ruth Williams Khama
Children
Alma mater University of Fort Hare
Balliol College, Oxford
Profession Barrister
Religion Christian

Sir Seretse Khama, KBE (July 1, 1921 – July 13, 1980) was a Botswana statesman from Botswana. He founded the Botswana Democratic Party in 1962. He became Prime Minister in 1965. In 1966, Botswana gained independence and Khama became its first president. During his presidency, the country underwent rapid economic and social progress.[1]

Khama died of pancreatic cancer in Gaborone, Botswana, aged 59. His son, Ian Khama, is the current President of Botswana.

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