Botswana

Botswana Democratic Party


Published 8th October, 2014

The Botswana Democratic Party or BDP started life as the Bechuanaland Democratic Party and was founded by Sir Seretse Khama in 1962; it took its present name in 1965. The party describes itself as Right-wing and believes in Conservatism.

The party has been the most successful party in Botswana and has won every general election since independence in 1966.

The following records its extraordinary victories in each election to the National Assembly up to the present day:

1965 – 28 of 31 seats
1969 – 24 of 31 seats
1974 – 27 of 36 seats
1979 – 29 of 36 seats
1984 – 29 of 38 seats
1989 – 31 of 38 seats
1994 – 27 of 44 seats
1999 – 33 of 44 seats
2004 – 44 of 63 seats
2009 – 45 of 63 seats

The party has also contributed the four Presidents of Botswana since independence. Sir Seretse Khama(1966 – 1980); Quett Masire (1980 – 1998); Festus Mogae (1998 – 2008) and Ian Khama (2008 – ), the son of Sir Seretse Khama.

In 2010 the BDP suffered some internal dissent and that year a faction broke away, citing a lack of internal democracy, and formed the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). Since then a number of the original dissidents have returned to the party.


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