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Vol 60 No 3

Published 8th February 2019


Botswana

A party at war

A ferocious fight lies ahead for President Masisi as his predecessor mobilises to oust him from the top of the ruling party

Ex-President Ian Khama's anger at his successor, President Mokgweetsi Masisi, is so strong that he is backing a rival candidate to remove him from the leadership of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party at its elective congress in July. It is the first time since independence in 1966 that a BDP leader has faced a challenge. Long-serving cabinet minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi declared her intention to take over from Masisi on 19 December. Masisi immediately dropped her from the cabinet.

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