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Botswana to the
United Nations
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.     Where is Botswana located?

Botswana is located in southern Africa. It shares a border with Namibia to the west, Zimbabwe to the east and South Africa to the south. It has a total area of about 582 000 square kilometers and the borderline of about 4, 011 kilometres.

2.     What is Botswana’s system of Government?

Botswana has a multi-party democratic system of government. There are three independent branches of government being the executive, legislature and judiciary. The president is elected by parliament following legislative elections that are based on first-past-the-post electoral system. Ntlo ya Dikgosi (house of Chiefs) plays advisory role to parliament on cultural matters.

3.     Who is the President of Botswana?

Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama is the President of Botswana. He became president on 1 April 2008. He is the fourth president of Botswana. Sir Seretse Khama, who ruled from 1966 until his untimely death in 1980, was the first president, followed by Sir Ketumile Masire (1980-1998) and Mr. Festus Mogae (1998-2008).

4.     Has there ever been a military coup in Botswana?

Botswana has been a stable constitutional democracy since independence from Britain in 1966. So far it has held nine successive legislative elections beginning 1965. The country did not have an army until 1977 when the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) was formed. BDF is a disciplined and professional force that plays a vital role in different fields of community development, including among others, anti-poaching, disaster relief and peacekeeping.

5.     Any places of tourists’ interest?

Botswana is a home of the Okavango Delta, the largest in-land delta in the world. This is a place where the Okavango River ends at the heart of the desert, spreading its waters beneath the heavey Kalahari sands, creating the pristine scenic beauty that every tourist would die to see. The Delta is classified as one of the wonders of the world. Botswana has reserved 17% of its land for conservation. Chobe National Park is host to some of the largest population of elephants; the Kalahari Desert, with its undulating landscape, presents one of the natural unspoilt scenic beauties that Botswana can offer – add to this:  a wide variety of wildlife that makes Botswana one of the favorite destinations for any tourist who would love to have the most fulfilling Safari of his/her lifetime. Botswana has a lot to offer, what is important is to determine what you want - name it. Botswana has it for you!