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President Mokgweetsi Masisi has won a five-year term in Botswana’s elections which saw his ruling party secure more than 51 percent of parliamentary votes, the chief justice said on Friday.

The 58-year-old Masisi became president in April 2018 being the hand-picked successor to Ian Khama, who resigned.”Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi is elected President of the Republic of Botswana,” chief justice Terrence Rannowane announced.

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has ruled since the country gained independence from Britain in 1966, was declared the winner. BDP got the minimum 29 parliamentary seats required to form a government after Wednesday’s vote.

Counting for the remaining seats was still underway, the chief justice said adding that “sufficient” results had been declared to announce that Masisi the winner.

Read more at France 24

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