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Vol 60 No 14

Published 12th July 2019


SWAPO succession dilemma

The President is set for re-election in November, but a chronic failure to deliver land reform and jobs clouds the outlook

There is virtually no prospect of President Hage Geingob, Namibia's first non-northern head of state, failing to secure a second five-year term in the presidential and legislative elections due in late November. Likewise, few expect the ruling SWAPO Party of Namibia to lose its two-thirds majority in the National Assembly, where it has 77 of the 96 directly-elected MPs (a further eight are nominated by the president). This is despite the current economic downturn, mounting job losses and the impact of an exceptionally severe drought, the third in five years, which is decimating the livestock and crops of subsistence farmers.

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