Botswana votes in first real challenge to ruling party

GABORONE (Reuters) – Botswana voted on Wednesday in a general election that is expected to provide the first genuine challenge to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in its five decades of dominance over southern Africa’s wealthiest and most stable nation. Botswana’s President and leader of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), Mokgweetsi Masisi arrives at a rally in Thamaga village, about 40 km west of the capital city Gaborone, Botswana, October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Siyabonga SishiWhichever party wins will have to move swiftly to transform the economy, which since independence from…

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