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Vol 46 No 5

Published 4th March 2005


Namibia

Power to the party

The President-elect must balance his predecessor's weight against his party's mood

Hifikepunye Pohamba's mandate seemed clear when the 15-16 November presidential election awarded him 76 per cent of the vote. But it is not that simple. First, the outgoing President, Sam Nujoma, will not step down until his third five-year term officially ends on 21 March. Second, legal challenges to the official results by two opposition parties, the Congress of Democrats and the Republican Party, have shown that the election was flawed.

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