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Voting Under Way in Botswana


Election officials are counting ballots from Saturday's parliamentary vote in Botswana, where President Festus Mogae's ruling party is strongly favored to win.

Officials say the vote tally is moving very slowly, partly due to the need to transport ballots from remote areas in the southern African nation. Final results are expected Monday or Tuesday.

Saturday, election observers said balloting across the country of 1.6 million people was free and fair.

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party is expected to retain a majority in the country's 57-seat parliament, which elects the president.

Botswana is one of the world's largest diamond producers. It also has one of the highest rates of HIV prevalence, affecting about 37 percent of adults.

Some of this information provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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