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Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Wins, President Ian Khama Gets 2nd Term

Oct. 31, 2014, 3:01 p.m.


Botswana has held ten democratic elections since independence in 1966.[i] Located in southern Africa, Botswana has a population of 2,155,784 with over 1,000,000 registered voters.[ii] Results have the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) winning 37 seats, and the opposition coalition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) winning 17 seats. The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) won 3 seats.[iii] In order to form a government, 29 seats in the National Assembly are required. Turnout for the election was considered high.[iv] The Southern African Development Community (SADC), which had an observation mission in the country, claimed the election was professional and transparent.[v] In Botswana, the President is elected by indirect vote (by the National Assembly) to serve a 5-year term.[vi] On Tuesday 28 October 2014, Ian KHAMA, the head of the BDP, was inaugurated for a 2nd term in office.[vii]





[i] http://allafrica.com/stories/201409261577.html



[ii] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/2496/#_edn2



[iii] http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/10/28/world/africa/ap-af-botswana-president.html?ref=world&_r=0



[iv] http://mwcnews.net/news/africa/47401-botswana-ruling-party-wins.html



[v] http://allafrica.com/stories/201410260238.html



[vi] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/2496/#_edn2



[vii] http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/10/28/world/africa/ap-af-botswana-president.html?ref=world&_r=0




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