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Vol 43 No 25

Published 20th December 2002


Son of Sam

Nujoma's fourth term bid could at last split his party

It's getting to be a habit. President Sam Nujoma, who said last year he would stand down at the end of his current term, has changed his mind and wants to stand again. The constitution, drafted at Independence in 1990, limits the president to two five-year terms; a loophole allowed Nujoma to stand for his third term. At 73, he wants a fourth, and his supporters are confident they can win it for him. He is strongly backed among Oshivambo traditional leaders in the north and officials of the governing South West Africa People's Organisation.

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