A Failure to Unite Means a Failure to Win: The Leadership Challenge for Botswana’s Opposition

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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Categories: Journal of African Elections
Tags: and the National Democratic Front (NDF), Botswana Congress Party (BCP), Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), Botswana Independence Party (BIP), Botswana National Front (BNF), Botswana People’s Party (BPP), Botswana Workers Front (BWF), Freedom Party (FP), Independence Freedom Party (IFP), Opposition politics, United Socialist Party (USP)