Botswana’s Incumbent President Masisi Wins ‘Presidential’ Election

Botswana's Incumbent President Masisi Wins 'Presidential' Election - Surge Zirc SA
Winner of Botswana Presidential election Mokgweetsi Masisi / Photo file: AFP

Botswana’s incumbent president Mokgweetsi Masisi on Friday won a five-year term in Botswana’s presidential election which saw the ruling party secure in excess of 51 percent of parliamentary votes, chief justice Terrence Rannowane revealed.

The chief justice further announced, “Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi is elected President of the Republic of Botswana.”

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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has ruled since freedom from Britain in 1966, was announced the champ in the wake of accomplishing the base 29 parliamentary seats required to frame a legislature after Wednesday’s vote.

Counting for the rest of the seats is still under way, the chief justice said including that “adequate” results had been proclaimed to report that Masisi is the winner.

The last count will reveal the winner of the 57 national assembly seats and 490 local government reps.

The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) and two littler parties are competing for the rest of the seats in parliament.

Around 931,000 of the nation’s 2.2 million individuals enlisted to cast a ballot in the parliamentary and local government elections.

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Mokgweetsi Masisi, 58, moved toward becoming president in April 2018 as the hand-picked successor to Ian Khama, who surrendered.

Diamond-rich Botswana is seen across Africa as a beacon of continuity and democracy.

Source: AFP

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