Alliance for Progressives

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Alliance for Progressives
LeaderNdaba Gaolathe
Founded28 October 2017
Split fromBotswana Movement for Democracy
IdeologySocial liberalism
Political positionCentre
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The Alliance for Progressives is a social-liberal political party in Botswana.

History

In July 2017 the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) president Ndaba Gaolathe and five other members of the party's executive were expelled from the party.[1] As a result, Gaolathe set up a new leadership committee, which was later transformed into a breakaway party, the Alliance for Progressives. The new party was formally established on 28 October 2017 with Gaolathe as leader and Wynter Mmolotsi as deputy president.[2] Six sitting MPs joined the party, although Haskins Nkaigwa later returned to the UDC,[3] leaving it with five seats going into the 2019 general elections.[4]

The elections saw the party receive 4.75% of the vote, finishing third behind the Botswana Democratic Party and the Umbrella for Democratic Change. However, it only retained a single seat, with Mmolotsi winning in Francistown South.

References

  1. ^ BMD splits and Alliance for Progressives is born The Economist Intelligence Unit, 27 September 2017
  2. ^ Alliance for Progressives Launches Botswana Daily News, 29 October 2017
  3. ^ AP loses Nkaigwa, gains Monageng The Patriot, 6 March 2019
  4. ^ Botswana’s ruling party has been in power 50 years. That could change this week. The Washington Post, 21 October 2019