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Botswana's President does not want short, fat wife

December 7, 2010 - Washington

President of Botswana Ian Khama, who is considered one of Africa's most eligible bachelors, has revealed he would consider marrying a tall, slim, beautiful woman, but not one who is short or fat.

Khama, 57, who comes from a country known for short, heavyset women, has never been married, but at a political party meeting last month he seemed to be giving some serious thought to it.

And to drive the point home he even referred to the Assistant Minister of Local Government Botlhogile Tshreletso.

"I don't want one like this one. She may fail to pass through the door, breaking furniture with her heavy weight and even break the vehicle's shock absorbers," ABC News quoted him as saying.

Khama, who was elected in 2009, claims he's been too busy running the country to find a wife, and has dispatched presidential aides to find a suitable mate.


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