Forming gov't in case of hung Parly

Botswana Parliament
Botswana Parliament

In a journal article published in 2016, entitled: ‘The Politics of Opposition Electoral Coalitions and Alliances in Botswana’ my good friend and wantok, Professor David Sebudubudu, and two of his colleagues, contend, amongst other things, that the alternation of power in Botswana remains somewhat a distant possibility mainly because of the nature of opposition electoral cooperation and/or its fragmentation.

Much has happened since then that may have altered that conclusion.

According to some commentators the coming elections may well produce a Hung Parliament. Siphosami Malunga, the Executive Director of Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, in a recent article appearing in the African Report entitled: ‘Botswana’s tight electoral contest presents unforeseen risks for Africa’s poster child’ postulates that in its 53 years in power, the governing party has never come this close to losing an election.

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GBV: The big elephant in the room

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