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President Geingob takes early lead in Namibia vote count

Partial results from Wednesday’s election in Namibia suggest that incumbent President Hage Geingob is on course to win, but with a significant drop in support compared to the previous election.

With the votes in half of the constituencies in Namibia now counted, Mr Geingob, from the governing Swapo party, has a commanding lead over his nearest rival.

So far, he has 55.4% of the vote, while independent candidate Panduleni Itula has 29.6%.

In 2014, the president won with nearly 87% of the voters choosing him.

Swapo has governed the country since independence in 1990. This election took place against the backdrop of a troubled economy and high youth unemployment rates.

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