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This will probably be Hage Geingob’s second and final time period as president

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob has been re-elected for a second time period, the nation’s electoral fee says.

Mr Geingob polled 56.three% in Wednesday’s election, effectively forward of his nearest rival Panduleni Itula with 29.four%.

Nevertheless, Mr Geingob’s tally was effectively down from the 87% with which he gained his first time period in 2014.

He went on social media to thank Namibians for returning him to workplace, promising to convey tangible enhancements to their lives.

His Swapo get together has dominated Namibia for almost three a long time because it gained independence from South Africa.

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Voters additionally elected a brand new parliament final Wednesday

The sparsely-populated nation has suffered from financial recession, hit by severe drought and low costs for its fundamental mineral exports, diamonds and uranium.

The Financial institution of Namibia is predicting a 3rd yr of recession, with the economic system on account of shrink by 1.7% in 2019.

Swapo has additionally been hit by a fisheries scandal, with two former ministers beneath arrest for allegedly taking bribes to provide licences to the Icelandic fishing agency Samherji.

Former Justice Minister Sakeus Shanghala and former Fisheries Minister Bernard Esau have been charged with cash laundering and fraud.

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Panduleni Itula was the president’s fundamental challenger, though each are Swapo get together members

Parliamentary setback

“I’m only a proud Namibian that we may have free and honest elections, no preventing, no attacking one another, free motion was allowed,” stated President Geingob after the consequence was introduced.

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His fundamental rival Mr Itula can be a Swapo member, however stood as an unbiased,

The official opposition candidate – McHenry Venaani of the In style Democratic Motion (PDM) – completed third with 5.three%.

He stated he was contemplating authorized motion over what he referred to as “anomalies and irregularities” within the election.

Namibia makes use of digital voting machines, and Mr Venaani went to courtroom shortly earlier than the election, arguing they have been open to manipulation. The courtroom, nonetheless, rejected his case.

In parliamentary elections, Swapo misplaced its two-thirds majority within the 96-member chamber, profitable 63 seats as an alternative of its earlier 77.

The PDM gained 16 seats, rising its complete by 11.