The chief justice of Botswana says the governing Botswana Democratic Party has won the parliamentary election.

The victory gives President Ian Khama another five years in power in the world’s largest diamond producer.botwsana

So far, the BDP has won 36 of the 57 seats contested, with the count complete in 45 constituencies.

The main opposition party, the Botswana National Front, and the Botswana Congress Party have won four seats each with one going to an independent.

The BDP has been in power since independence in 1966.

The turnout in Friday’s election was reported to be high, and election observers said voting went smoothly.

Final results were expected to be announced at lunchtime on Sunday, said a spokesman for the country’s Independent Electoral Commission.

The election was Mr Khama’s first democratic test since becoming Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) leader some 18 months ago.

The son of Botswana’s first president, he is credited with being decisive, but also criticised for being dogmatic.


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