Botswana president says he will step down at the end of his term in April, hand over to VP

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Botswana’s President Ian Khama has announced that he will step down as president in April 2018 when his term elapses.

Khama said this on Monday during a State of the Nation address.
He said he will leave the country in the hands of his Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi.
“Five months from now I shall be passing the baton of leadership of this great country into the very capable hands of VP Mokgweetsi Masisi,” he said.

“I am confident that with support of members of this House and the nation as a whole the next administration will continue to build on the legacy of progress that was begun under my predecessors.
“As we continue on our national journey, let us also continue to look to the Lord who makes all things humanly possible,” he added.

Mr. Khama has been the President of Botswana since 2008. After serving as Commander of the Botswana Defence Force, he entered politics and served as Vice-President of from 1998 to 2008, then succeeded Festus Mogae as President on 1 April 2008. He won a full term in the 2009 election and was re-elected in October 2014.

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