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Court Blocks Botswana President From Appointing His Blood Brother As Vice-President

Botswana’s government says it supports a court ruling that effectively thwarts President’s Ian Khama’s bid to appoint his brother as vice-president.

Khama, re-elected for an additional term last month, wanted lawmakers to vote with a show of hands for his deputy rather than via a secret ballot that will have allowed an event revolt.
The Court of Appeal on Tuesday followed the High Court in judging a key parliamentary ballot constitutional.

“Government accepts that the matter has been resolved and wishes to assure the public that it will respect and fully implement the decision of the court,” the executive said in a record late Tuesday.

Khama had faced a backlash from within his own party over the outlook of Tshekedi Khama being vice president, with parliamentarians accusing the president of trying to make a dynasty in on of Africa’s most democratic nations.

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