Botswana president dissolves parliament ahead of general elections – News Ghana
Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi announced a decision to dissolve the country’s parliament on Tuesday.
A statement released by the Office of the President on Tuesday said the president has proclaimed that he will dissolve parliament with effect from Tuesday midnight.
By so doing the president was exercising the power conferred to him by the country’s constitution in Section 91 (2, said the statement.
The last session of parliament came to an end at the end of July as the country is preparing to go for polls.
Even though the president is yet to announce the date for the polls, it is expected that he will do that soon as the polls in the southern Africa country are traditionally held in the month of October.
This year elections will once again pit the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP against the main opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change, which is a coalition of the country’s major opposition parties.
The BDP has ruled Botswana for uninterrupted 57 years since its independence in 1966. Enditem