Namibia’s ruling party turned 63
Namibia’s ruling party, SWAPO turned 63 years since it was established. The ruling party has been in power for more than three decades and is currently being headed by the President of Namibia, Hage Geingob.
In a press statement released by President Hage Geingob, he defined SWAPO as a revolutionary party that succeeded in its mission which was to liberate Namibians from Apartheid oppression.
“SWAPO succeded in that historic mission, over the past 33 years SWAPO has been hard at work to unite and to ensure the economic development of Namibia,” said President Geingo.
President Geingob promised the Namibian nation that SWAPO will continue to work hand in hand with them in developing the nation.
SWAPO is among the few other revolutionary parties across Southern Africa such as ZANU PF, MPLA, FRELIMO, ANC, etc who are still decision makers in their country since their independence.
However, the revolutionary parties have seen the spread of coalition governments. Some analysts are of the view that Namibia might also be heading towards a Coalition government in 2025.
In 2019, President Hage Geingob lost at least 31% of the Presidential election and SWAPO lost at least 16% in the National Assembly election, receiving at least 65% of the votes.
On the other hand, President Geingob won’t be seeking a third term.
SWAPO party will be contesting under the face of Madam Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who if she wins will become the first female Head of State from Namibia.
SWAPO held a two-thirds majority in parliament from 1994 to 2019. In the general election held in November 2019, the party won 65.5% of the popular vote and 63 out of the 104 seats in the National Assembly. It also holds 28 out of the 42 seats in the National Council. As of November 2017, Namibian President Hage Geingob has been the president of SWAPO after being elected to the position at the party’s electoral congress.