Botswana, Africa’s diamond, is losing its lustre

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Botswana, Africa’s diamond, is losing its lustre

FREE TO READ | A disputed election outcome is among the challenges threatening the country’s miracle

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It was the most fiercely contested, dirty and ethnically divisive election since independence in 1966. Now, Botswana’s newly elected president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has to take urgent steps to maintain the southern African country’s legacy as the continent’s most successful democracy, ethnically inclusive society and most prudently managed economy.

He needs to protect it from backsliding like some failing African peers. . 

Africa’s post-independence model of democracy, economy and ethnic diversity is in trouble. Masisi’s governing Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), the party of independence, in last week’s elections secured the more than 51% of parliamentary votes required to govern after securing a majority of 38 parliamentary seats out of 57...

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