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Namibia's Ruling Party, President Sweep Elections


People walk under an election poster of the ruling South West African People's Organization (SWAPO), showing the incumbent President Hifikepunye Pohamba in Katatura, outside Windhoek, 25 Nov 2009

People walk under an election poster of the ruling South West African People's Organization (SWAPO), showing the incumbent President Hifikepunye Pohamba in Katatura, outside Windhoek, 25 Nov 2009

President Hifikepunye Pohamba has been re-elected, while his ruling party has won more than three fourths of the vote in disputed parliamentary polls.

Namibia's President Hifikepunye Pohamba has been re-elected, while his ruling party has won more than three fourths of the vote in disputed parliamentary polls.

Official results from last week's elections released Friday showed the South West Africa People's Organization garnered 75.3 percent of the parliamentary vote. The result allows it to change the constitution at will.

The opposition Rally for Democracy and Progress was given second place with about 11 percent.

President Pohamba was re-elected with 76.4 percent of the presidential vote.

Earlier Friday, most opposition parties, including the second place RDP, said they would not accept the results, because they say there were irregularities.

But the regional South African Development Community said the vote was transparent, peaceful, and free and fair.

SWAPO, the ruling party, has dominated Namibian politics since the country's independence from South Africa in 1990.

The opposition RDP emerged two years ago after its leader, former foreign minister Hidipo Hamutenye, lost his bid to lead SWAPO. He placed far behind in the presidential poll, with about 11 percent of votes.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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