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Yearbook 1997

Botswana. In August, the Legislative Assembly decided - by an addition to the Constitution - to reduce the voting age from 21 to 18 years and to extend the voting rights to Botswani residents living abroad. At the same time, the president's eligibility was limited to ten years. It was then not clear whether incumbent President Ketumile Masire, who has held the post since 1980, was included in the supplement.

1997 Botswana

Masire solved the conceivable constitutional problem by announcing his departure in mid-November. The 72-year-old president had decided to leave his post on March 31, 1998. He will then be succeeded by Festus Mogae, who, in addition to his post of finance minister, also holds the vice-presidential post. According to Countryaah, Mogae is also expected to take over the leadership of the ruling Democratic Party, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

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