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Ruling Party Expected to Win Botswana Elections

Voters in Botswana are casting ballots in parliamentary elections likely to hand an easy victory to the ruling party of President Festus Mogae.

The president's party, the Botswana Democratic Party, has been in power since independence almost four decades ago.

It is widely expected to retain a firm majority in the country's 57-seat parliament and return to power for another five years.

The main opposition party is the Botswana National Front.

Observers say Saturday's voting appears to be going smoothly.

Botswana, a southern African country, is one of the world's largest diamond producers and has among the highest living standards in Africa.

But the country also has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world - at about 37 percent.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.