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  Botswana Democrat
POLITICAL PARTY DETAILS
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AbbreviationBDP
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CountryBotswana
Established0000-00-00
Disbanded0000-00-00
ContributorPicimpalious
Last EditedJuan Croniqueur - April 16, 2013 02:38pm
DescriptionThe Botswana Democratic Party is the governing conservative party in Botswana, led by president Festus Mogae. At the last election, the party won 51.7 % of popular votes and 44 out of 57 seats. Before independence it was known as the Bechuanaland Democratic Party. In the first general elections in 1965 it won 28 of 31 seats. Since independence it has been in power continuously.

The party's base is in the traditional Tswana communities, and it was sometimes referred to as "the Chief's party" (referring to Sir Seretse Khama). The BDP is pro-Western, and it has been accused of accepting money from the United States and diamond mining interests during political campaigns. Its supporters believe that the party has provided stability (Botswana has never experienced a coup or civil war), democratic rule and a moderately high level of development compared to some other countries in southern Africa. Nowadays its leader, Festus Mogae is president of Botswana.

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MOST RECENT RACES
05/29/2010 Botswana National Assembly Botswana Democratic Party Won 66.67% (+54.39%)
10/16/2009 BW Parliament - Maun East Frank J. Ramsden Won 54.51% (+31.95%)
10/16/2009 BW Parliament - Chobe Duncan Mlazie Lost 46.96% (-4.07%)
10/16/2009 BW Parliament - Maun West Tawana Moremi Won 60.54% (+29.93%)
10/16/2009 Botswana President Ian Khama Won 78.95% (+68.42%)
10/16/2009 Botswana Vice President Mompati Merafhe Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
10/16/2009 Botswana National Assembly Botswana Democratic Party Won 78.95% (+68.42%)
04/01/2008 Botswana President - Succession Ian Khama Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
10/30/2004 Botswana President Festus Mogae Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
10/30/2004 Maun West Parliament Ronald Ronnie Ridge Won 55.97% (+27.89%)
10/30/2004 Ngami Parliament Jacob Dickie Nkate Won 45.71% (+11.83%)
10/30/2004 Okavango Parliament Vistor M. Moruti Moruti Won 48.03% (+3.00%)
10/30/2004 Tati East Parliament Samson Moyo Guma Won 62.25% (+28.34%)
10/30/2004 BW Parliament - Serowe NW Ian Khama Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
10/30/2004 BW Parliament - Chobe Duncan Mlazie Won 50.90% (+8.16%)
10/30/2004 Maun East Parliament Frank J. Ramsden Won 52.18% (+21.41%)
10/30/2004 Botswana National Assembly - Seat Distribution Botswana Democratic Party Won 77.19% (+56.14%)
07/22/2003 Botswana Democratic Party Leader Ponatshego Kedikilwe Lost 29.96% (-40.08%)
07/22/2003 Botswana Democratic Party Leader Ian Khama Won 70.04% (+40.08%)
10/16/1999 Botswana President Festus Mogae Won 100.00% (+100.00%)