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Hage Geingob, president of Namibia, is dead

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Hage Geingob, the incumbent president of Namibia, has died at the age of 82. He suffered from cancer, said Vice President Nangolo Mbumba.

The president died in a hospital in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, where he was admitted last month after cancer cells were discovered in his body during medical examinations. Geingob served his second term in office, to which he was elected in 2019.

Hage Geingob – who was he?

He was born in northern Namibia in 1941. He began his activist activities at a young age, calling for, among other things, to end the apartheid regime in South Africa. However, he then had to spend 30 years in exile and returned to the country in 1989, a year before Namibia gained independence.

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In 1990, he took over as prime minister, which he held for 12 years. He became the head of government again in 2012, and two years later he was elected president of the country. After another five years, he won re-election.


Main photo source: GIAN EHRENZELLER/PAP

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