Botswana's Khama Sworn In As President
20 October 2009
Ian Khama has been sworn in for another term as Botswana's president following
Friday's landslide election victory.
| President Ian Khama |
Mr. Khama took the oath of office
Tuesday on the grounds of the parliament building in the capital,
In his inaugural speech, he pledged to strengthen Botswana's
economy, which has been hit hard by the global recession.
Botswana is the
world's top diamond producer, and demand for the gems has dropped sharply since
the start of the downturn last year.
Mr. Khama's Botswana Democratic
Party won 45 of 57 seats in Friday's parliamentary elections.
This is the
first election win for Mr. Khama, who took office last year after serving as
vice president under President Festus Mogae, who retired.
The BDP has ruled Botswana since the country gained
independence from Britain in 1966.
The party has maintained a strong hold
on power despite infighting that led some analysts to predict a loss of seats in
Botswana is considered one of Africa's most stable
countries, a stark contrast to neighboring Zimbabwe, which is mired in political
and economic turmoil.