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dc.contributor.author Molomo, M.G.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-17T10:25:27Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-17T10:25:27Z
dc.date.issued 2000
dc.identifier.citation Molomo, M.G. (2000), Democracy under siege: the Presidency and executive powers in Botswana, Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies, Vol.14, No. 1, pp. 95-108 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10311/897
dc.description.abstract This article outlines that the Constitution of Botswana provides for an executive presidency with extensive powers. Unlike other constitutions in the region where power is vested with the people, in Botswana it is vested with the President. While democratic procedures have not been flaunted in Botswana, in a situation where one political party dominates both the executive and the legislative branches of government, there is cause for concern. In this situation, the checks and balances provided for in the constitution are almost redundant. The declaration of the state of emergency and the granting of the Vice-President, Ian Khama, sabbatical leave by the President are examples where the President used his executive powers. This article concludes that given the wide-ranging executive powers that the President enjoys, there is a strong case for presidential elections. In that way, the president would be directly elected by the electorate and therefore directly accountable to them. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies en_US
dc.subject Democracy Botswana en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Democracy--Botswana en_US
dc.title Democracy under siege: the Presidency and executive powers in Botswana en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US
dc.link http://archive.lib.msu.edu/DMC/African%20Journals/pdfs/PULA/pula014001/pula014001011.pdf en_US


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