Namibia votes as ruling party faces unprecedented challenge

Namibia’s ruling party on Wednesday faced its biggest challenge since independence nearly three decades ago as people fed up with…

Namibia’s ruling party on Wednesday faced its biggest challenge since independence nearly three decades ago as people fed up with a weak economy went to the polls. The resource-rich southern African nation’s registered 1.3 million voters were choosing the president and National Assembly members.

The ruling SWAPO has been shaken by a new corruption scandal. Meanwhile, more than 700,000 of the country’s 2.5 million people have registered for relief during a drought that affects the region.

President Hage Geingob faces a challenger from within his own party who is running as an independent. Dr. Panduleni Itula has been appealing to youth; some 46% of them are unemployed. The election includes more than 400,000 voters born since Namibia gained its independence from South Africa.

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