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Friday, August 27, 1999 Published at 13:44 GMT 14:44 UK

World: Africa

Election for Africa's oldest democracy

President Festus Mogae of Botswana has announced that a general election will be held on 16 October.

It's the eighth election since the country gained independence fom Britain in 1966, making it Africa's oldest democracy.

Analysts say President Mogae is expected to lead his governing Botswana Democratic Party to victory against a divided opposition.

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