Republic of Botswana

Political Status: Independent republic within the Commonwealth since September 30, 1966.

Area: 231,804 sq. mi. (600,372 sq. km).

Population: 2,063,370 (2012E—UN); 2,098,018 (2012E—U.S. Census).

Major Urban Centers (2005E): GABORONE (213,000), Francistown (91,000), Molepolole (64,000), Selebi-Pikwe (54,000).

Official Language: English (SeTswana is widely spoken).

Monetary Unit: Pula (official rate November 5, 2012: 7.94 pula = $1US).

President: Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Seretse Ian KHAMA (Botswana Democratic Party); elevated (as constitutionally ordained) from the vice presidency to the presidency on April 1, 2008, to succeed President Festus MOGAE (Botswana Democratic Party), who had retired the same day; sworn in for a five-year term on October 20, 2009, after his mandate was renewed by the National Assembly following the legislative elections on October 16.

Vice President: Ponatshego H. K. KEDIKILWE (Botswana Democratic Party); appointed ...

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