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Briefing paper

BP61: Demanding democratic rule: Batswana support democracy and reject non-democratic rule

Afrobarometer Briefing Paper No. 61
2 Mar 2009 Botswana
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This briefing focuses on the commitment of Batswana to democracy and elections as a system of government. We find that despite some reasons for concern, such as the lengthy dominance of politics by a single party, and the entry of former military leaders into electoral politics, that Batswana remain strongly and resolutely committed to democracy, and to elections as the preferred means for choosing their leader. They resoundingly reject non-democratic forms of rule, including military rule, one-man rule, and a one-party state.