SWAPO

The South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) (German: Südwestafrikanische Volksorganisation, SWAVO, Afrikaans: Suidwes-Afrikaanse Volk-Organisasie, SWAVO) is a political party and former liberation movement in Namibia. It has been the governing party in Namibia since achieving independence in 1990. The party won 75.1% of popular votes and 55 out of 78 seats in the parliamentary election held on November 15, 2004.

Though the organization rejected the term "South West Africa" and insisted on replacing it with "Namibia", the organization's own name—derived from the territory's old name—was already too deeply rooted to be changed. However, the original full name is no longer used and only the acronym remains; the party's official name today is SWAPO Party of Namibia.

Read more about SWAPOHistory, Controversy Within The Movement, Independence

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SWAPO - Independence
... When Namibia gained its independence in 1990 SWAPO became the dominant political party, with its head, Sam Nujoma, elected as Namibia's first President ... he could run for a third term in 1999, but in 2004 he was replaced as the SWAPO presidential candidate by Hifikepunye Pohamba, who was described as Nujoma's hand ... At the congress, Pohamba was renominated as SWAPO's presidential candidate for the 2009 election ...
Lucia Basson
... A member of SWAPO, Basson was a member of the National Assembly of Namibia from being chosen for the SWAPO electoral list by then-President Sam Nujoma in 2005 until 2010 ... She is a SWAPO leader from the Hardap Region ...
Samuel Ankama - Career
... Ankama was an internal SWAPO activist beginning in the early 1980s ... various organizations, including the Council of Churches in Namibia and the SWAPO-affiliated National Union of Namibian Workers ... In 2005, he was selected for the SWAPO's list for the National Assembly at the 54th slot and was elected to the 4th National Assembly ...
Libertine Amathila
... Under the SWAPO Nationhood Programme, she received a scholarship to study medicine in Poland and graduated from the Warsaw Medical Academy in 1969 ... At SWAPO's 1969 Consultative Congress in Tanzania, she became Deputy Secretary for Health and Welfare on the SWAPO Central Committee and Director of the SWAPO Women's Council ... She later worked in SWAPO refugee camps ...
Helmut Angula
... and a longtime member of the Central Committee and the Political Bureau of the ruling SWAPO Party since leaving the Government in 2010 ... Angula was born in Ontananga, Oshikoto Region, and joined SWAPO in 1963, just three years after the movement's founding ... During his time with SWAPO, Angula served as the Deputy Principal of the Health and Education Center in Nyango, Zambia from 1975–1976 and then ...