Namibia President Hage Geingob dies at 82 after most cancers analysis | EUROtoday

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Namibian President Hage Geingob died Sunday in a hospital within the nation’s capital, Windhoek, the place he was receiving remedy for most cancers. He was 82.

His dying was introduced by Namibian Vice President Nangolo Mbumba, who stated in an announcement: “The Namibian nation has lost a distinguished servant of the people, a liberation struggle icon, the chief architect of our constitution and the pillar of the Namibian house.”

Geingob was identified with most cancers following an annual medical checkup final month, the southern African nation’s presidential workplace beforehand stated. Family briefly took on Geingob’s duties when he traveled to the United States for “a two-day novel treatment for cancerous cells” final week. Mbumba is now appearing president.

Namibia was already scheduled to carry presidential and legislative elections this 12 months, with Geingob asserting final 12 months that his political get together, South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO), would put ahead Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah as its presidential candidate. In a publish on Xpreviously Twitter, Nandi-Ndaitwah described Geingob as “a true democratic and a transformational leader who touched many lives.”

Geingob, who had served as president since 2015, performed a center-stage position on Namibia’s political scene because it grew to become the final nation on the continent to decolonize in 1990, following a virtually quarter-century armed battle with apartheid South Africa.

In an announcement SundaySouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa described Geingob as “a towering veteran of Namibia’s liberation from colonialism and apartheid. He was also greatly influential in the solidarity that the people of Namibia extended to the people of South Africa so that we could be free today.”

Between 1990 and 2002, Geingob served because the nation’s first prime minister after chairing the committee that formulated Namibia’s first structure.

The Namibian individuals, he stated on the time of the nation’s constitutional conference in 1989, “have given us a mandate to hammer out and adopt in a spirit of compromise, a spirit of give and take, a constitution that will launch our country and people into nationhood.”

In 2017, Geingob, who was educated within the United States, attended a U.N. General Assembly occasion in New York City throughout which President Donald Trump made two references to “Nambia.” Geingob didn’t react publicly to the error, which was corrected in a White House transcript of Trump’s feedback.

Last month, Geingob denounced Germany for defending Israel from accusations of genocide in Gaza, referring to a genocide dedicated towards Namibia’s inhabitants by its former German colonizer that killed a minimum of 75,000 individuals.

“On Namibian soil, #Germany committed the first genocide of the 20th century in 1904-1908, in which tens of thousands of innocent Namibians died in the most inhumane and brutal conditions,” Geingob stated in a assertion.

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With a territory bigger than Texas and a inhabitants of beneath 2.8 million, Namibia is without doubt one of the world’s least densely populated international locations. “We don’t have to fight over land because there is enough to go around,” Geingob stated in 1993.

Namibia was colonized by Germany and later administered by a white-minority authorities managed by South Africa. SWAPO, Geingob’s get together that has ruled the nation since its independence, launched a guerrilla warfare in 1966 that culminated in a U.S.-brokered peace plan and elections in 1989.