Mokgweetsi Masisi of the Botswana Democratic Party ( BDP) has been sworn in as the country’s new president after he won the country’s parliamentary elections last week.
The 58-year-old took the oath of office at the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Arena in the capital, Gaborone.
The swearing-in was Botswana’s first to be held away from the Parliament building. Masisi has vowed to prioritise job creation during his tenure, to curb the country’s increasing unemployment rate.
“My government will continue to seek an outcome that will set the tone for conserving our wildlife and elephants in particular,” Masisi said.
The BDP has ruled Botswana since independence from Britain in 1966, overseeing its rise from one of the world’s poorest nations to a middle-income country thanks to diamond production.
Other African leaders present at the ceremony were, President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia and President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique in attendance. Former Botswana president Festus Mogae was also there, but Khama was notable by his absence.