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Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi announced a decision on Wednesday to dissolve the country’s parliament.

A statement released by the Office of the President on Wednesday evening said the president proclaimed that he would dissolve the parliament with effect from the coming midnight, noting the president was exercising the power conferred to him by the country’s constitution.

The last session of the parliament came to an end at the end of July as the country is preparing to go for polls.

The president has not announced the date for the polls, but it is expected that he will do that soon as the polls in the southern African country are traditionally held in October.

This year the elections will once again pit the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) against the main opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), which is a coalition of the country’s major opposition parties.

A new party backed by former president Seretse Khama Ian Khama is also expected to cause some upsets in some constituencies.

Meanwhile, bickering between the UDC and another opposition party Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) has lately taken centre stage before the elections.

The latter was ejected from the opposition coalition and has challenged the expulsion in court, where a judgment will be made this coming Friday.

The BDP has led the country since independence in 1966 but has seen massive declines in popular vote in the two general elections in 2004 and 2009 respectively. Enditem

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