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Title:In permanent opposition: Botswana's other political parties
Authors:Sebudubudu, DavidISNI
Osei-Hwedie, Bertha Z.ISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Volume:17
Issue:1
Pages:85-102
Language:English
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:opposition parties
electoral systems
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10220461003763866
Abstract:Political opposition parties are considered crucial to the nurturing, enhancing and consolidating of democracy in every political system. Indeed, their existence is proof of political tolerance, competitive party elections, the provision of choices to the voting public and the possibility of alternation in power. However, the political opposition on the African continent is generally weak, and particularly so in Botswana, resulting in the predominance of the ruling party in political affairs. This article analyses the weaknesses of Botswana's opposition parties by tracing their historical evolution, characteristics, electoral base, and performance against the background of the political and electoral system in Botswana and the strength of the ruling party itself. It concludes that future prospects for the opposition to make greater inroads into the Botswana Democratic Party's support are small because of the fragmented nature of the opposition itself and the relative satisfaction of citizens with the current government's performance. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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