Namibia’s rul­ing party faces elec­tion con­test

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Namib­ians voted yes­ter­day in what was ex­pected to be the tough­est con­test yet for the party that has ruled for three decades of in­de­pen­dence, an elec­tion it was still ex­pected to win de­spite a bru­tal eco­nomic cri­sis. Pres­i­dent Hage Gein­gob, Namibia’s third leader since the sparsely pop­u­lated and mostly arid coun­try freed it­self from the shack­les of apartheid South Africa in 1990, is seek­ing a sec­ond and fi­nal term from 1.3 mil­lion reg­is­tered vot­ers. He faces nine chal­lengers, in­clud­ing Pan­d­u­leni Itula. Mr Itula is pop­u­lar with young peo­ple, nearly half of whom are un­em­ployed. Con­cur­rent leg­isla­tive polls will elect 96 mem­bers of par­lia­ment, test­ing Swapo’s 77-seat ma­jor­ity. Re­sults are ex­pected within 48 hours.

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