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Vol 59 No 6

Published 23rd March 2018


A well-scripted succession

National wealth may be on the wane, but the establishment is ensuring the change in leader will not disturb political stability

After ten years in office, President Ian Khama is on a farewell tour of the country, as pundits ponder whether he was ineffective because he did not do too much, or effective for the same reason. The current Vice-President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, replaces him in April. The motivation for the change is to allow Masisi to use his incumbency to help win the general election in October 2019. By then, he hopes he will have obtained the same air of permanence that benefited his predecessor. Masisi will make no major changes before the polls, although he will probably reshuffle the cabinet.

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