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BOTSWANA: General elections to designate the President of the Republic.

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The people of Botswana go to the polls this Wednesday, October 23, 2019 as part of the general elections held in the country. A big battle opposes the current President of the Republic Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor Ian Khama, both from the same party, the BPD (Democratic Party of Botswana).

The BPD has ruled the country since independence in 1966, more than half a century of rule. The opposition that has been in a coalition called Coalition for Democratic Change (UCD), led by Duma Boko, hopes to move to a real alternation in this country of southern Africa known for its stability and diamond wealth.

The opposition intends to take advantage of this intense quarrel that weakens the party in power to win the trust of the Botswana people and initiate a real change. Moreover, Ian Khama publicly called on the people to turn their back on the current president and vote for Duma Boko. However, President Mokgweetsi Masisi, during his campaign closing speech against thousands of supporters, said he was convinced of his victory and does not seem to be shaken by the actions of his predecessor.

These general elections have a certain peculiarity in this country. They make it possible to elect the 57 members of Parliament. The party that will get the majority of MPs will choose the president.
The results will be known by the end of the week.