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Namibian president reelected

Final results from Namibian presidential and parliamentary elections have indicated that the incumbent president, Hifikepunye Pohamba, has been reelected by a large margin.

Hifikepunye Pohamba

The ruling party, South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO), also retained a majority in the parliamentary elections.

Pohamba won 76.4% of the vote in the presidential ballots; meanwhile, SWAPO obtained 75.27% in the parliamentary polls.

The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) party came in a distant second at 11.31%. SWAPO won 54 out of 72 seats in the National Assembly. The RDP took eight seats.

“I am a happy man. I, on behalf of SWAPO accept the election. I am grateful to the Namibian people who once again trusted me,” Pohama commented after his reelection. Read More…

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Namibia votes in presidential election

Voters are heading to the polls today in Namibia to elect a president and parliament The ruling South West Africa People’s Organization is expected to win presidential and parliamentary elections, but a new opposition party is mounting a challenge.

Voters turned out in large numbers before dawn to cast their ballots. Local journalist John Grobler said many waited for hours to vote because of logistical problems. “Voting is slow in just about all the polling stations, but especially so at the polling stations where they don’t have any laptop computers to verify the potential voters on the actual roll, which means they have to go to the physical paper. And that, of course, takes time,” he said. Read More…

Namibia struck by floods

Hifikepunye Pohamba, the president of the southern African country of Namibia, declared a state of emergency in in the country on Tuesday after heavy flooding killed 92 and displaced 5,032 since January.

“It is with a heavy heart that I declare an emergency for the north-central and north-eastern parts of Namibia,” the president said to reporters. “Crop fields are submerged in water and I send out an urgent appeal to the international community for assistance […] as the current flood is worse than a year ago and could be one of the worst in recent memory.” Read More…

Namibia refuse to remove VAT on milk

The Namibian government has refused to remove value added tax (VAT) on the price of milk. The Namibian Dairy producers organization requested the Namibian directorate of local income in May 2006 to follow the example of South Africa and declare fresh milk as a basic need upon which no taxation is applicable.

Mnr. Calle Schlettwein, permanent Secretary of the Namibia Ministry of Finance said the decision not to discard VAT on milk is because of two reasons: “This industry is already receiving advantages because of Article 26 of the African Customs Union (SACU),” he said. Read More…