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Nangolo Mbumba Sworn In as Namibia’s Interim President Following Hage Geingob’s Death

Nangolo Mbumba Sworn In as Namibia's Interim President Following Hage Geingob's Death
President Nangolo Mbumba was sworn in just hours after he shared the news of his predecessor’s passing (Reuters)

Namibia is undergoing a swift transition as Nangolo Mbumba takes the reins as interim president, succeeding Hage Geingob, who passed away at 82 after battling cancer. Mbumba, who was vice-president, announced Geingob’s death and assumed the presidency within 15 hours.

In a ceremony at the state house, Mbumba assured the public that he won’t run in the upcoming elections, scheduled for later this year. He expressed gratitude for the honor bestowed upon him and mentioned his initial aspiration to be a school principal.

Geingob, a veteran of Namibia’s independence struggle, had served as president since 2015, following his extensive political career. He lived in exile for 27 years, contributing significantly to the fight against apartheid. His leadership faced challenges, marked by economic difficulties, corruption scandals, and declining popularity.

Mbumba emphasized Geingob’s pivotal role in shaping Namibia’s constitution and maintaining stability. The interim president’s decision not to contest the elections aligns with SWAPO’s constitution, ensuring continuity with Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the party’s chosen presidential candidate.

Nandi-Ndaitwah, appointed as vice-president, stands to become Namibia’s first female president if elected. The nation faces a pivotal moment as it navigates through the loss of a respected leader and prepares for the forthcoming elections.

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