Botswana's democratic Party has declared victory in the October 16th General Elections. Final results show the party of President Ian Khama
strengthening its hold on parliament.
The results, released Sunday, show
the Botswana Democratic Party winning 45 of 57 seats, a gain of one from the
Opposition parties and independents split the other 12
Mr. Khama was declared president Saturday after it became clear
the BDP was headed for a decisive victory.
His inauguration is expected
sometime next week.
This is the first election win for Mr. Khama, who
took office in 2008 after serving as vice president under predecessor Festus
Mogae, who retired.
The BDP has ruled
Botswana since the country gained independence from Britain in 1966.
party has maintained a strong hold on power despite infighting that led some
analysts to predict a loss of seats in Friday's elections.
considered one of Africa's most stable countries, a stark contrast to
neighboring Zimbabwe, which is mired in political and economic
However, like other countries the country has been dealt a hard
blow by the global recession, which has reduced demand for diamonds, the
mainstay of Botswana's economy.