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Vol 48 No 12

Published 8th June 2007


Namibia

Sam and son of Sam

Former President Sam Nujoma holds on to his party presidency, while his relations make their fortunes

The governing party is split and its veteran leader wants to take control again. After months of tension, the Politbureau of the South West African People's Organisation decided in mid-May that its next congress would be held at the end of November. The congress had originally been expected in midyear; the official reason for the delay - to give the party machinery time to prepare - masks the bitter rivalry between the dominant faction, which favours ex-President Sam Nujoma, and supporters of the former Foreign Affairs Minister, Hidipo Hamutenya.

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