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Botswana Votes in Closest Poll in 48 Years

A voter casts her ballot at a polling station in Gaberone, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Electoral officials say that voting has begun without incident where analysts believe the ruling party will win despite growing discontent in urban areas. (AP Photo)
A voter casts her ballot at a polling station in Gaberone, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Electoral officials say that voting has begun without incident where analysts believe the ruling party will win despite growing discontent in urban areas. (AP Photo)

 

(BBC) – Voters are going to the polls in Botswana in what is expected to be the closest general elections in the world’s largest diamond producer.

President Ian Khama’s Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has governed since independence in 1966, is expected to win a reduced majority.

But it has been battling to gain support in urban areas where opposition parties have made recent inroads.

Botswana is seen as one of Africa’s most stable and democratic countries.

The sparsely populated country also protects some of Africa’s largest areas of wilderness.

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