Botswana: Botswana ruling party set to win election

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Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s ruling party, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), is set to win the country’s general elections held on Friday after securing more than half of the seats in parliament from the number of constituencies declared so far.

According to media reports, the Botswana Independent Election Commission said on Saturday that the BDP, led by President Ian Khama, had taken 33 of the 57 seats that were directly contested while the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) had 14 and the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) had 2 seats. The ruling party took 45 seats in the last election.

Under the laws of the Southern African country, four members of the 63-member assembly would be chosen by the new parliament, while the President and the Attorney General would take the remaining two seats. The MPs will elect their leader, but President Khama is widely expected to be re-elected.

Local media reports said President Khama, a retired army general and the son of President Seretse Khama, who led the country to independence in 1966 would be sworn in on Tuesday.