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Botswana, Government

universal adult suffrage, Botswana Democratic Party, consecutive terms, Executive power, judicial system

Botswana is governed under a constitution promulgated in 1965. Executive power is vested in the president, assisted by a vice president and a cabinet of about ten ministers. The president is elected to a five-year term by Botswana’s legislature, called the National Assembly; the president may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. The National Assembly consists of 40 members elected to five-year terms by universal adult suffrage, four specially elected members, the speaker, and the attorney general, who may not vote. The House of Chiefs, with 15 members (including the chiefs of the eight principal Tswana groups), must be consulted by the government on all matters relating to the chieftaincies and constitutional changes. The leading political party is the Botswana Democratic Party. The judicial system includes magistrates’ courts and the High Court. Appeals in both civil and criminal cases are carried to the Court of Appeal.



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