Khama’s ap­point­ment bid halted

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GABORONE: Botswana’s gov­ern­ment says it will ac­cept a court rul­ing that ef­fec­tively thwarts Pres­i­dent’s Ian Khama’s bid to ap­point his brother as vice-pres­i­dent. Khama, re­elected for a sec­ond term last month, wanted law­mak­ers to vote by a show of hands for his deputy in­stead of through a se­cret bal­lot that would have al­lowed a party re­volt. The Court of Ap­peal yes­ter­day fol­lowed the High Court in judg­ing a se­cret par­lia­men­tary bal­lot con­sti­tu­tional. Khama had faced a back­lash from within his own party over the prospect of Tshekedi Khama be­ing vice-pres­i­dent, with par­lia­men­tar­i­ans ac­cus­ing the pres­i­dent of try­ing to cre­ate a dy­nasty in one of Africa’s most demo­cratic na­tions. – Sapa-AFP

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