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New Parliament Takes Office in Namibia

Namibia has sworn in a new parliament, as President Sam Nujoma readies to step down after 15 years in office.

Seventy-two lawmakers took the oath of office in Windhoek Sunday and elected former prime minister Theo Ben Gurirab as the new speaker of parliament.

The ruling South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) party controls 55 seats in the legislature, following a victory in November elections.

Monday, President Nujoma will hand over power to Hifikepunye Pohamba, becoming Namibia's second head of state since independence from apartheid-era South Africa.

Mr. Pohamba has vowed to maintain many of the economic policies of Mr. Nujoma and advance a land redistribution program.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.