Stable Botswana to vote in rare cliffhanger

President Mokgweetsi Masisi (left), whose Botswana Democratic Party faces Umbrella for Democratic Change led by Duma Boko (right) and two smaller parties. The party that wins most seats on the October 23, 2019 election chooses the president. PHOTOS | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Former president Ian Khama has shaken up the country's traditionally calm politics by dramatically renouncing his hand-picked successor Mokgweetsi Masisi.
  • The bitter feud has threatened to fracture the BDP, which has governed the diamond-rich country since it gained independence from Britain in 1966.
  • But past elections have never been this close. If the opposition wins, the country's democratic credentials and reputation for good governance will face a new test -- a peaceful transfer of power.



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