Namibia’s SWAPO Wins Landslide Despite Popular Dissatisfaction

Namibians stand in line to cast their votes in the country’s presidential election, Rundu, Namibia, Nov. 28, 2014 (AP photo by Dirk Heinrich).
Namibians stand in line to cast their votes in the country’s presidential election, Rundu, Namibia, Nov. 28, 2014 (AP photo by Dirk Heinrich).

Namibia’s ruling South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) party won last month’s presidential election with over 86 percent of the vote. In an email interview, Elke Zuern, professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College, discussed Namibia’s domestic politics. WPR: What explains the continued popularity of the ruling SWAPO Party of Namibia? Elke Zuern: SWAPO has dominated elections since independence. It first won two-thirds of the vote in the country’s second free elections in 1994, and has maintained this majority with the power to unilaterally change the constitution ever since. In its strongest showing yet, the governing party’s candidate, Hage Geingob, […]

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