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Vol 45 No 23

Published 19th November 2004


Botswana

Khama's coming

Africa's most successful democracy will soon be run by a military man

The general elections of 30 October ended with a renewed majority of 31 seats for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). It was, predictably, a vote for no change - until the Vice-President, Lieutenant General Ian Khama Seretse Khama, succeeds President Festus Mogae as head of state in just under four years' time. As the son of the founder President, Sir Seretse Khama, Ian Khama is unstoppable. However, there is concern about his leadership style and his commitment to the kind of open government practised since Independence in 1966.

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