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The Speaker of the National Assembly has announced the postponement of the swearing in of all the elected members of Parliament as this cannot take place until the State President has issued a Proclamation allowing Parliament to convene.  
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I have the honour and privilege of taking this solemn Presidential Oath of Office. In doing so, I am once more humbled by the trust and confidence and great responsibility that has been conferred upon me and my party to once more lead our country forward. We have just emerged from another election that has once more demonstrated our commitment to the democratic processes and values that have sustained our peaceful progress over the past five decades. I must commend the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and all others who ensured that this year's poll, like all of those that have preceded it, was conducted in a free and fair manner.
The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) will be the main opposition party in Parliament. Two years after its formation through a coalition between Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), Botswana National Front (BNF) and Botswana Peoples Party (BPP), UDC gained 17 constituencies at the polls on October 24, beating the previous highest number of 13 by the BNF in 1994. Its leader, Mr Duma Boko, is therefore expected assume the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOO) seat as is the norm when the opposition has majority seats.
Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama will be sworn in as President of Botswana in an inauguration that will be administered by Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo on October 28 at parliament buildings at 0900hrs,
Acting Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Shaw Kgathi has said government gives civil servants the attention they deserve. Addressing Immigration and Botswana Unified Revenue Services staff at Platjan border post recently, he said civil servants were the backbone of the economy and there was no way government can neglect its them. He said government would continue to be committed, support and improve their conditions and mentioned that there was a misconception by some that government has neglected its workers. He said government has through the amendment of General Order 39, allowed for the engagement of workers into private business but with prior approval by the relevant Permanent Secretary proved there was no perceived or real conflict of interest. As for the workers at remotest areas like Platjan, he said the Remote Area Settlement Allowance (RASA) has also been corrected to be based on notch system to allow for officers that have been staying at such areas to attract more allowance than newcomers. Other efforts to improve the civil servants conditions, the Minister mentioned the introduction of interest free salary advance for salary scale D4 and below, which in the past was a benefit for salary C4 and below.
Botswana Government, through the Ministry of Health, is implementing public health interventions to prevent the introduction and/or spread of the Ebola disease into the country. One of the interventions undertaken includes entry restrictions on visitors who have been to countries affected by the disease in the last 3 months.
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