12 Things You Didn’t Know About Ian Khama, President Of Botswana

Written by Keren Mikva

Botswana’s recently re-elected President Ian Khama won his second term in October 2014, along with his ruling party, the Botswana Democratic Party.

The election marked the highest number of seats won by the opposition since the country gained independence in 1966. Khama’s Botswana Democratic Party won 37 of the 57 seats in Parliament compared to the 45 seats won in 2009.

This may highlight disappointment in Khama’s leadership, especially among young voters and the urban middle class.

To select a president in Botswana, the winning party needs to win 29 of the 57 parliamentary seats in an election. In the October 2014 election, the Umbrella for Democratic Change party won 17 seats, and the Botswana Congress Party took three seats.

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Ian Khama, president of Botswana.

Sources: ABCNews.Go.com, BBC.com, AfricanSuccess.org, Herald.co.zw, MG.co.za, KnowBotswana.com, Reuters, Mmegi Online

This is an updated version of an article that originally ran Nov. 13, 2014.