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Botswana: Washington congratulates Botswana on successful parliamentary polls

2014/10/31

The United States has congratulated Botswana for holding successful national parliamentary polls. The commendation was contained in a statement by US Secretary of National John Kerry here.


'I congratulate the people of Botswana on their successful national parliamentary elections. International observers have declared the election free, equitable, and transparent.

'I commend all Batswana who turned out in overwhelming numbers to participate in your eleventh parliamentary election since independence in 1966,' Mr. Kerry said.

He said the United States and Botswana enjoy a close friendship based on 'our shared commitment to democracy and the policy of law', adding: 'I look forward to deepening our relationship with the Batswana people and to continue working closely with the government.'

PANA reports that in the elections held on Friday, Botswana's ruling party won majority seats in the country's parliament, putting President Ian Khama at the helm for a second five-year term.

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