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Botswana's ruling party was Saturday leading in local constituencies as results trickled in from a general election held the previous day, but opposition parties made a strong showing in the capital, the electoral commission said. There had been delays in the counting of parliamentary ballots and no results had been received so far, a spokesman for the Independent Electoral Commission, Osupile Maroba, told AFP. The incumbent leader, Ian Khama of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), is expected to win a second term. Early results, based on IEC-verified counts from 200 of the 490 local council voting districts, showed the ruling BDP won less than half the 13 wards counted so far in the capital Gaborone.
After a five-year closure for what was supposed to be a two-year refurbishment, Paris's Picasso Museum re-opened Saturday with arguments over the 52-million-euro ($66-million) project still reverberating. French President Francois Hollande said at a ceremony the museum was "one of the most beautiful in the world and one of the most moving because it brings together the considerable and prolific work of the best-known artist of the 20th century". The museum -- housed in a 17th-century mansion in Paris's trendy Marais quarter -- has been extensively modernised and enlarged to more than twice its previous size. The gallery, which first opened in 1985, boasts one of the world's most extensive collections of Picasso's work with 5,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and documents.