Namibian president Geingob re-elected with 56.3% votes


Namibia’s incumbent President Hage Geingob has been re-elected for a second term.

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) announced that Geingob polled 56.3% in Wednesday’s election, well ahead of his nearest rival Panduleni Itula with 29.4%.

McHenry Venaani of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) and the official opposition candidate finished third with 5.3%.

“I am just a proud Namibian that we could have free and fair elections, no fighting, no attacking each other, free movement was allowed,” said President Geingob after the result was announced.

In parliamentary elections, Swapo lost its two-thirds majority in the 96-member chamber, winning 63 seats instead of its previous 77.

The PDM won 16 seats, increasing its total by 11.

Geingob was first elected in 2014 with 87% of the vote. His Swapo party has ruled Namibia for nearly three decades since it gained independence from South Africa in 1990.

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