#Botswana: general elections set for 23 October

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Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi has set October 23 as the date for the next general election, which should be dominated by the unprecedented political rivalry against his predecessor Ian Khama.

“The necessary electoral operations will take place on October 23,” Election Commission spokesman Osupile Maroba said in a statement released on Friday night.

Candidates for legislative and local elections must submit their candidatures by 26 September, he added.

Undisputedly dominated by the Democratic Party of Botswana ( BDP ) since independence in 1966, the country’s political life has been troubled for several months by an unprecedented conflict.

In power since 2008, Ian Khama left office in April 2018 to respect the Constitution which limits the reign of Presidents to ten years. He then handed over to his vice president Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Their relations have since deteriorated rapidly, the second systematically taking the opposite of the first on emblematic issues such as the environment.

In May, Khama slammed the door of the BDP and announced that he would do everything to defeat Masisi in his general election, which he described as “very autocratic, very intolerant” in a recent interview. to AFP .

Khama formed his own party and announced his support for several candidates of the opposition coalition.

Despite this rivalry, Masisi is likely to be elected.

The president of Botswana is elected by the National Assembly, which has 57 seats, resulting from the elections.

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