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Ali Mohamed Shein Biography, Political Career, Job History

Ali Mohamed Shein Biography

Ali Mohamed Shein was born on 13th March 1948 in Pemba Island, Tanzania. He is the 7th President of Zanzibar and a former Vice President of Tanzania. He is the Chancellor of the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA).

Ali Mohamed Shein Education Background

In 1956 Ali Mohamed Shein joined Gulioni Boys’ Primary School for his primary education until 1964.He passed his secondary school entrance examination and in 1965 he started his secondary education at Lumumba College and finished in 1968.

In 1969 he joined Vorenezh State University for a one-year pre-university study and later pursued his undergraduate and Masters Degree in Medical Biochemistry at Odessa State University where he graduated in 1975.

In 1984 Dr. Shein joined Medical School at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England for a PhD study where 1988 he was conferred with a PhD degree in Clinical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine specializing in “Inborn errors of Metabolism”.

Between 1981 and 1995 he attended various training programs, both 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).

Ali Mohamed Shein Job History

In May 1969 Ali Mohamed Shein began his career as a clerk in the Ministry of Education in Zanzibar and later he became the Assistant Principal Secretary ‘B’ in Ministry of Education until September 1969 when he left for the U.S.S.R.

Between 1979 and 1984 Ali Mohamed Shein was head of Department of Pathology Laboratory Services, Ministry of Health, Zanzibar.

In 1989 after his PhD studies he was appointed head of Department of Pathology in the ministry of Health.

In 1991 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 until 1995.

Ali Mohamed Shein Political Career

Ali Mohamed Shein political career began when he joined Afro-Shirazi Youth League-ASPYL while at school and in 1968 he was appointed Lumumba College Publicity Secretary for ASPYL.

In 1973 he was the President of Tanzania Students Union in Odessa in the former USSR until 1975.

In February 1977 he became a founding member of Chama cha Mapinduzi following the union of TANU and ASP (he was a member of Afro Shirazi Party)

During the 1975 general election he contested the Mkanyageni House of Representative seat. 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 1995. He was elected Member of the National Executive Committee of Chama cha Mapinduzi – NEC in 1997 and remains a member until today. He was appointed to the CCM Central Committee in 2005 to date.

During the 2000 general election he won the parliamentary seat for Mkanyageni constituency. He was appointed Minister of State in the
President’s Office Responsible for Constitutional Affairs and Good Governance.

On 13th July 2001 he was appointed Vice President by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania. During the 2005 general election he was the running mate for the presidential candidate and was elected Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania and was sworn-in on 21st December 2005.

Ali Mohamed Shein 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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