Botswana to get new party

source: News24
2010-03-23 21:09

Gaborone – Three top members of Botswana’s ruling party are set to form a rival faction, officials said on Tuesday, accusing President Ian Khama of undermining democracy with his heavy-handed leadership.

The new grouping would be the first to split away from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has ruled this diamond-rich southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1966.

The three dissidents were suspended from the party last week, after they sided with the opposition in objecting to Khama’s decision to unilaterally appoint four special lawmakers meant to be named by the ruling party.

Khama, a former military boss and the son of Botswana’s founding father, has come under criticism for his autocratic style but still led the party to another landslide victory in [continue reading]

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