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Botswana president wins second term in power

2014-10-26 07:27

Gaborone - Botswana President Ian Khama has won a second term in power after his party secured a parliamentary majority at the polls, an official announced on Sunday.

High Court Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo said in a statement that Khama "has been re-elected as the President of the Republic after his political party, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) garnered at least 29 of the 57 parliamentary seats" at Friday's general election.

Khama will be inaugurated on Monday, said Dibotelo in a statement broadcast on national radio and television.

The newly formed Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), led by Duma Boko, which was contesting elections for the first time becomes the official opposition with 12 seats in parliament.

Khama, 61, is the son of the country's first president, Seretse Khama. He is also a traditional chief of the Bangwato clan and benefited from his strong rural support.

But he faced a challenge in urban areas, where opposition parties have made inroads since the formation in 2010 of a breakaway party, the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), which is now part of the UDC coalition.

No celebrations took place in the streets of Gaborone after the announcement of the results in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Full results are yet to be published and scores of people, particularly UDC supporters, were still eagerly gathered at counting stations.

The UDC has accused Khama of becoming increasingly authoritarian. The umbrella grouping won seats in several former BDP strongholds, including the capital Gaborone.

"The UDC did well for a new party, but naturally we were hoping for more votes to topple the BDP. It was never to be," said Seakamela Motsoaledi, a UDC party representative.

Botswana was has been governed by the BDP since independence from Britain, had cautioned that this year's election would be the most challenging for the party.

Khama's is faced with the task of diversifying the economy of the diamond-rich southern African nation and improving the lives of the two million population.

With the global financial crisis leading to a drop in diamond revenues, Khama's government had halted planned investment, leading to growing unemployment, in a country known as one of Africa's most stable democracies.

He had ran an election campaign based on the country's past economic successes, pointing at the progress made in health care provision and good governance.

Former opposition Botswana Congress Party took two seats. Electoral authorities said tallying of local council ballots was still ongoing, in an election where some 800 000 people were registered to vote.

Comments
  • Tried All - 2014-10-26 07:38

    Congratulations his Excellency, Mr Khama.

      Yvonne Pietersen - 2014-10-26 10:16

      Yes I am so pleased, when a country is stable the President can continue, in fact Botswana is no. 1 on the African continent.

      Kabo Phonic Enphonic - 2014-10-26 11:22

      am hapi 2 be a motswana pleantie of clbration arund the nation Viva Mr president viva

  • Karl Kat - 2014-10-26 07:45

    Well done Ian Khama, Botswana is a country which propers, most of society is happy and crime levels are very low. It's always a pleasure to tour Botswana knowing that you don't have to look over your shoulder

  • Nkululeko Page Ngwenya - 2014-10-26 07:48

    Problem with many "royal presidents" is exactly that, that they are authoritative... because they got there on sovereignty and not political groundwork.

      blackmarlene - 2014-10-26 08:09

      Has he not done a good job?

      Thabani Dube - 2014-10-26 08:22

      Nkululeko what are you saying?

      Motofogo Mulilo - 2014-10-26 10:34

      I agree with Nkululeko. People have a liking for authoritarianism when it suites them.

      Kadesh Barnea - 2014-10-27 08:15

      When there is a lack of authority and discipline, a country declines into anarchy, as in SA. Strong leadership and beneficial decision-making, no-nonsense approach, is what is needed to be successful. Congrats Mr Khama, keep up the good work

  • Kholo Warren Jesus - 2014-10-26 08:34

    well done.I am visiting Botswana soon.

  • Joan Mbele - 2014-10-26 09:16

    This man hes disciplined. People want lawlwss country like SA. if u a strict, u a a dictator or authoritarian. Botswana is the best country in the whole Africa. Congrates mr. President. Our rand is lower than their pula. Hahaaa we a a joke.

      Dombolo Dambele - 2014-10-26 09:57

      u dont know what u are talking about...he is a joke too!

  • Grant Hedges - 2014-10-26 09:57

    Well done the only country in Africa with any brains.

  • Vusi Kevin - 2014-10-26 09:58

    He is better that Zuma who is a womaniser with no morals

      sthembize.zulu - 2014-10-26 10:15

      Morality is a relative concept

  • Vusi Kevin - 2014-10-26 09:59

    He is better that Zuma who is a womaniser with no morals

  • Mfundo Jele - 2014-10-26 10:09

    Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama - congratulation Chief.

  • Andre van Wyk - 2014-10-26 10:15

    Congratulations Mr. President..God bless your wonderful Country.

  • Monde Giossi - 2014-10-26 10:34

    it is interesting the people who have made comments in favour of the re-election president kgosi-kgolo leutenant-general seretse khama ian khama are white. clearly this is because these whites live and are treated like royalty by the ruling BDP government in botswana.

      philip.buys.1 - 2014-10-26 12:19

      Maybe because those whites are helping to make the country work, and are unlike the local Goverment that behaves like a bunch of grasshoppers

  • johan.nel.712 - 2014-10-26 10:41

    Congratulations To a real Honourable President, LG Ian Khama

  • Andre Wagener - 2014-10-26 11:32

    Congratulations Pres Khama.

  • Jayson Arends - 2014-10-26 11:47

    Coloured bra as president again go ma se kind

  • Penny Kemert - 2014-10-26 12:09

    The people love Ian Khama. He treats his people with respect, doesn't have phoney aires and graces and is not beyond climbing out of his car to join locals in backyard soccer games. Jacob Zooooomer can learn a lot from this man.

  • Dan Steel - 2014-10-26 13:48

    100% Monde!

  • Ramontsho Ramontsho - 2014-10-26 15:04

    o lesego...nxttime.

  • Carel John Venter - 2014-10-26 15:34

    Sorry JuJu, but you should have known that ... Khama is a b!tch

      Solomon Morwape - 2014-10-27 05:36

      Yep, and the people deserve to know whose b!tch he is. He must come out of the closet.

      MJ Moumakwa - 2014-10-27 11:50

      Your parent's did bad by failing to teach you to never disrespect leader's, silly!

  • Thobile Ngcobo - 2014-10-27 11:11

    congratulations His excellency, Mr Khama, may you live long, and continue leading Botswana in a dignified manner.

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