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Sir Seretse Khamaborn July 1,SeroweBechuanaland [now Botswana]—died July 13,GaboroneBotswanafirst president of Botswana —80after the former Bechuanaland protectorate gained independence from Great Britain. Seretse Khama succeeded his father to the chieftainship of the Ngwato Mangwato, or Bamangwato people at age four.
He was educated in South Africa and studied law at the University of Oxford. His marriage to Ruth Williams, a British woman, in caused considerable controversy in both Britain and Bechuanaland and was among the reasons the British government forced his exile from Bechuanaland until he agreed to renounce the chieftainship in Following his return to Bechuanaland as a private citizen, he founded the Democratic Party inand in he became prime minister.
As president of Botswana, Khama promoted his ideal of a multiracial democracy. He was reelected to successive terms and served as president of Botswana until his death. His son, Ian Khamabecame president of Botswana in Sir Seretse Khama.
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