n Journal of African Elections - A failure to unite means a failure to win : the leadership challenge for Botswana's opposition
|Article Title||A failure to unite means a failure to win : the leadership challenge for Botswana's opposition|
|© Publisher:||Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA)|
|Journal||Journal of African Elections|
|Author||Kaelo Molefhe and Lewis Dzimbiri|
|Publication Date||Dec 2006|
|Pages||114 - 121|
The paper argues that the failure of opposition parties to oust the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) from its firm grip on power has a great deal to do with a weak opposition leadership. Following the famous opposition victory in the Gaborone West North parliamentary by-election of 2005, where, for the first time, a united opposition won against the ruling BDP in parliamentary elections, electoral unity talks among opposition parties started in earnest, with a heightened sense that unity was the only possible way of ousting the BDP in the 2009 general election. This renewed sense of hope, however, seems to be nothing but a mirage, with signs of discontent and mistrust already showing among the parties engaged in these talks.
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