Republic of Namibia

Note: President Hifikepunye Pohamba (South West Africa People’s Organization of Namibia—SWAPO) was reelected for a five-year term on November 27–28, 2009, with a vote share of 76.4 percent. In concurrent elections for the National Assembly, the SWAPO won 54 of 72 seats. The opposition Rally for Democracy and Progress, participating for the first time in national elections, secured 8 assembly seats, and the party’s president, Hidipo Hamutenya, placed a distant second in presidential balloting, with a 10.9 percent of the votes.

Political Status: Former German territory assigned to South Africa under League of Nations mandate in 1920; declared to be a United Nations responsibility by General Assembly resolution adopted October 27, 1966 (resolution not recognized by South Africa); subject to tripartite (Angolan-Cuban-South African) agreement ...

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