Population: 2.03 mn.
GDP: 16.30 bn.
Debt: 2.43 bn.

President Ian Khama, 61, was sworn in for a second term of office on 28 October after his Botswana Democratic Party, in power since Independence in 1966, won the general elections, taking 37 seats but with a reduced majority. The new goverment faces the challenges of high unemployment and tackling the ongoing HIV/Aids crisis.

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  • Vol 55 No 22
  •  7th November 2014

BDP squeaks back in

Despite a hint of dirty tricks the ruling party won the election fairly, yet with a reduced majority

  • Vol 55 No 2
  •  24th January 2014

Full steam ahead

President Ian Khama Seretse Khama and the governing Botswana Democratic Party will romp home in October’s general elections. Disquiet over Lieutenant General Khama’s autocratic leadership style, secretive business dealings and determination to...

  • Vol 54 No 22
  •  1st November 2013

Khama disappoints on San

Hopes that President Ian Khama Seretse Khama might adopt a more accommodating policy on the small San (Bushman) community have been dashed. Botswana continues to receive plaudits for good governance and democracy. Yet it still wants the San, known locally...

  • Vol 53 No 18
  •  7th September 2012

Glittering prospects

The government does all it can to tempt foreign investors into diamonds, and other mining projects, too

  • Vol 53 No 18
  •  7th September 2012

Shift that coal

To diversify the economy away from its almost total dependence on diamonds, Botswana is pinning its hopes on coal.

  • Vol 53 No 16
  •  3rd August 2012

Threats to Khama fade

Opposition parties are unable to form an alliance capable of ousting the governing Botswana Democratic Party

  • Vol 51 No 13
  •  25th June 2010

In a spin

The governing Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) faces a serious threat after its Barata-Phati (‘those who love the party’) faction walked out and launched the Botswana Movement for Democracy last month. Already the BDP is losing support: four of its members...

  • Vol 51 No 4
  •  19th February 2010

A clash at the border

A confrontation between Harare and Gaborone over a wandering pride of lions has escalated into a serious bilateral rift

  • Vol 50 No 22
  •  6th November 2009

Khama control

Delivery 'to the expectations of Batswana' is to be top priority of the new government, President Seretse Khama Ian Khama announced at his inauguration on 21 October following his landslide election win (AC Vol 50 No 21). This adds another 'd' to the othe...

  • Vol 50 No 21
  •  23rd October 2009

Khama's expected triumph

The governing party did less well than it had hoped but trounced the opposition and confirmed the President's hold on office

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