Botswana's President: No Short, Fat Wife for Me

Ian Khama searching for first lady
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2010 4:47 AM CST
President Khama's search for a first lady has captivated Botswana's press.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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(Newser) – Botswana's most eligible bachelor is looking for a wife, but he's not interested in any short or overweight ones—like the country's minister for local government. "I don't want one like this one," President Ian Khama said at a political party meeting. "She may fail to pass through the door, breaking furniture with her heavy weight and even break the vehicle's shock absorbers."

Khama says he's been too busy running the country to find a wife and has sent his aides to search for one. Critics speaking under condition of anonymity have denounced his remarks as sexist, and inappropriate for the leader of a country known for its short and heavyset women. Khama's status, however, as both president and chief of Botswana's largest ethnic group means he won't likely face any public criticism over his attitude about women, ABC notes.

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