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Vol 55 No 17

Published 29th August 2014


Namibia

Geingob goes for broke

The Premier rushes through laws to give SWAPO more seats in Parliament and allow more political appointments

Prime Minister Hage Geingob is pushing through wide-ranging constitutional changes which will increase his power when he becomes Namibia's next President. Geingob, who is also Vice-President of SWAPO (formerly the South West African People's Organisation), is virtually assured of an overwhelming victory in this year's presidential election. Late last month, Presidential Affairs Minister and Attorney General Albert Kawana tabled the amendments in the National Assembly as the Third Bill of 2014. The Assembly was scheduled to go into recess from early July until late September but remained sitting due to what government sources said at the time was the need to approve outstanding bills. Now it would seem the real reason was to enable the constitutional amendments to be tabled, although it was not clear when the NA would debate them.

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