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Vol 50 No 25

Published 18th December 2009


Namibia

SWAPO's victory challenged

Nine opposition parties have launched a joint legal challenge to the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) election victory on 27-28 November. This may force a recount (AC Vol 50 No 23). Even observers from the normally cautious Pan-African Parliament heavily qualified their endorsement, noting that only the peaceful nature of Namibians and exemplary police behaviour had stopped the public rising up in protest at the week-long delay in announcing results. They also said the counting procedure and the recording of elector registration cards had compromised confidentiality.

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