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Botswana History Timeline

1900s continued

  • (1985) South African army raided buildings in Gaborone seeking alleged African National Congress (ANC) members; UN Security Council condemned actions
  • (1987) South Africa blockaded Gaborone
  • (1989) Toutswe state conquered by neighboring Mapungubwe state; Tourswe town abandoned
  • (1989) Tensions raised between South Africa and Botswana over continued covert operations by South Africa against ANC refugees in Botswana
  • (1989) Quett Masire re-elected president
  • (1990s) Botswana became world's second largest diamond exporter
  • (1991) 12,000 public sector workers fired after strike calling for increased wages
  • (1992) Senior officials of BDP party resigned after country-wide strikes, corruption scandals
  • (1994) BDP party won legislative elections, Quett Masire re-elected president
  • (1995) Thousands of indigenous bushmen (Baswara) relocated away from Kalahari Game Reserve by the government
  • (1997) Constitutional amendments approved: presidency limited to two five-year terms; voting age lowered to 18 from 21
  • (1998) President Masire resigned and retired; Vice-President Festus Mogae became new president
  • (1998) Botswana Congress Party formed following split in BNF party; most BNF deputies switched allegiances
  • (1999) Voter registration problems caused six-day state of emergency to be declared
  • (1999) BDP party won majority in general election, Festus Mogae confirmed as president
  • (1999) International Court of Justice gave control of Sedudu-Kasikili, a river island disputed by Botswana and Namibia, to Botswana
2000s
  • (2000) More than 60,000 homeless after devastating floods
  • (2001) Botswana was reported to have the world's highest HIV infection rate at 38.3% of the population
  • (2001) Diamond corporation, Debswana, announced it would subsidize drugs for workers with Aids
  • (2002) Baswara bushmen took government to court after forced eviction from ancestral lands, case dismissed on a technicality
  • (2003) Botswana began erection of fence along border with Zimbabwe to slow influx of illegal immigrants
  • (2004) Over 1,000 workers fired after striking over pay at Botswana's largest diamond-mining company
  • (2004) President Mogae re-elected
  • (2006) Baswara bushmen won four-year legal battle to hold onto ancestral lands
  • (2007) President Mogae announced he would resign the next year
  • (2008) Botswana began own diamond trading company - Diamond Trading Company Botswana
  • (2008) Seretse Khama Ian Khama succeeded Mogae as president
  • (2008) Former President Festus Mogae won $5 million Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
  • (2009) Diamond production cut in half due to falling demands for precious gemstones
  • (2009) President Khama re-elected to five-year term
  • (2010) Boycott of Botswanan diamonds called by human rights group,Survival International; accused government of forcing Baswara bushmen away from ancestral lands
  • (2011) Appeals court ruled that Baswara bushmen had right to drill for water in ancestral lands
  • (2011) Civil servants held two-month strike over pay
  • (2011) Plane crash in Botswana killed British pilot, seven European passengers
  • (2012) Three main opposition parties failed in attempt to form coalition to challenge ruling Botswana Democratic Party

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Land Area 566,730 km2
Water Area 15,000 km2
Total Area 581,730km2 (#47)
Population 2,209,208 (#144)
Population Density 3.90/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $35.90 Billion
GDP Per Capita $16,900
Currency Pula (BWP)
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