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Vol 38 No 12

Published 6th June 1997


Namibia

Technical wizardry

The President may have at last found a loophole allowing him to prolong his rule

Namibia's constitution, widely regarded as a model for countries emerging from despotism, limits a president to two terms. President Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma has served two five-year terms – and wants another: he told Parliament in April that he was young enough to serve again. At its long-awaited congress in Windhoek at the end of May, the ruling South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) found a way round the road-block. Nujoma will be the party's candidate in 1999, at the age of 71. SWAPO commands the necessary two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament.

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