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Hifikepunye Pohamba

Politician from Namibia

Hifikepunye Pohamba Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba (born August 18, 1935) is the second and current President of Namibia. He won the 2004 and 2009 presidential elections overwhelmingly as the candidate of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) ruling party, taking office in March 2005. He has also been the President of SWAPO since November 2007. Re-elected in 2009, his second term will expire in 2015. As a child, he was educated at an Anglican mission. At the age of 25, Pohamba was a founding member of SWAPO in 1960. He was arrested for his political activity but moved to Southern Rhodesia, whence he was deported soon afterwards. He then spent four months in prison in South West Africa before spending two years in Ovamboland under house arrest. In 1964, he went to Lusaka to set up SWAPO's Zambian office, and on his return, met the man who was later to become President, Sam Nujoma. Until the achievement of Namibian independence, Pohamba represented SWAPO across Africa, although he studied politics in the Soviet Union for a time in the early 1980s. He headed SWAPO's 1989 election campaign and was a SWAPO member of the Constituent Assembly, which was in place from November 1989 to March 1990,  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1935-08-18
Place of birth
Okanghudi
Nationality
Namibia
Spouse(s)
Penehupifo Pohamba
Children
Kaupu Pohamba Tulongeni Pohamba Ndapandula Pohamba
Profession
Politician

Political career

Party From To
South-West Africa People's Organisation

Education

Institution From To
Peoples' Friendship University of Russia

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