Oct. 17, 2009, midnight
Voters last weekend returned the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to a majority in the country's National Assembly. The BDP won 45 of 57 directly elected seats on about 53 percent of votes, increasing its share from 44 seats won in 2004. Its main opponents, the Botswana National Front and Botswana Congress Party, each won six and four seats on 22 and 19 percent of votes, respectively. The country uses first-past-the-post elections, and the BDP has ruled for nearly four decades. About 75 percent of registered voters cast valid ballots.