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Namibia to Elect Successor to Founding President Nujoma

Namibians will go to the polls Monday and Tuesday for elections to choose a successor to the country's founding president, Sam Nujoma, who is retiring after 14 years.

Mr. Nujoma, who led a 23-year war to gain independence from neighboring South Africa, is backing Lands Minister Hifikepunye Pohamba to replace him.

Mr. Pohamba, who most observers expect will easily win, has vowed to continue many of the policies of President Nujoma, including a land reform program intended to transfer farm land owned by minority whites into the hands of blacks.

About half of Namibia's 1.8 million people are registered to vote in the elections for president and representatives to the national assembly.

The ruling South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) party, which has dominated Namibia since independence in 1990, is widely expected to win a majority in parliament.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.