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Botswana opposition files election challenges alleging fraud

Dec. 6, 2019 12:12 PM EST

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — An opposition coalition in Botswana has begun filing court challenges to the recent election alleging fraud and arguing that its candidate should be president. Lawyers for the Umbrella for Democratic Change have not shared evidence backing their allegations of systematic rigging....

Study: For babies born with HIV, start treatment right away

Nov. 27, 2019 2:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When babies are born with HIV, starting treatment within hours to days is better than waiting even the few weeks to months that’s the norm in many countries, researchers reported Wednesday. The findings, from a small but unique study in Botswana, could influence care in Africa and...

Botswana's president sworn in after stable election

Nov. 1, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi has been sworn in after an election that saw the previous president break with the ruling party and back the opposition. Masisi in his speech Friday said the long-peaceful southern African nation continues to face the challenges of HIV/AIDS,...

Botswana's president will stay in office after election win

Oct. 25, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi will remain in office after his ruling party easily won enough parliament seats in this week's election, authorities announced Friday. The ruling Botswana Democratic Party won 38 of the 57 seats in the National Assembly, while the opposition...

Botswana votes as ruling party faces surprising challenge

Oct. 23, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana faced its tightest election in history on Wednesday as the long-peaceful southern African nation wondered if the ruling party would be toppled for the first time since independence. The ruling Botswana Democratic Party and President Mokgweetsi Masisi have been presented...

Botswana, calm for decades, faces surprising election fight

Oct. 20, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana's ruling party faces the tightest election of its history on Wednesday after former President Ian Khama, annoyed with his hand-picked successor, announced his support for the opposition, shaking up one of Africa's most stable countries. The influential Khama, son of...