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Vol 48 No 22

Published 2nd November 2007


Namibia

Sam bows out again

The founding President is standing down, but he certainly isn't going away for good

President Sam Nujoma, at 78, is at last moving into a back seat. He told a specially-convened meeting of the politburo of the ruling South West African People’s Organisation (SWAPO) that he will not stand for re-election at the party congress in late November. He wants his successor as head of state, Hifikepunye Pohamba, to be elected party president, ‘in view of ensuring continual growth of the party leadership’. At present, Pohamba is the party’s Vice-President.

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