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Botswana President Wins Second Term

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Botswana's President Seretse Khama Ian Khama (file photo).

Botswana's President Seretse Khama Ian Khama (file photo).

Botswana's ruling party has won Friday's parliamentary elections, giving President Ian Khama a second term.

The Botswana Democratic Party won at least 33 out of the 57 parliamentary seats contested. A newly formed party, Umbrella for Democratic Change, finished second in the polls, becoming the official opposition with at least 14 seats.

A party needs 29 seats to take power.

Khama is the son of Botswana's first president, Seretse Khama.

The Botswana Democratic Party has ruled the country since independence from Britain. It has a reputation as one of Africa's most stable democracies.

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