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Yearbook 2015

Namibia. In March, President Hifikepunye Pohamba resigned after serving the two terms of office allowed by the Constitution. The following month he also made his position as party chairman for SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organization) available. In both positions he was succeeded by Hage Geingob, who in 1990 became the country's first prime minister, a position he held until 2002 and 2012-15. According to COUNTRYAAH, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila was appointed new Prime Minister, thus becoming the first woman in the post. In March, Pohamba was awarded the 2014 Mo Ibrahim Award for African Leadership (Ibrahim Award).

2015 Namibia

In June, Namibia together with 26 other African countries agreed on a new free trade agreement, the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA). The agreement was signed in Egypt and includes countries from Egypt in the north to South Africa in the south. For the agreement to enter into force, it must, among other things, be ratified by the national parliaments.

In July, the government signed an agreement with the Affirmative Repositioning Action Group, which works to give people access to land for housing. Namibia suffers from a severe housing shortage and in January over 1,000 people occupied undeveloped land in the city of Swakopmund. The following month, Affirmative Repositioning stated that 50,000 people had filed for land. The agreement, which was signed in July, includes plans to create 200,000 new housing units in the country's cities, after which activists backed from their previous threat of carrying out land occupations throughout the country.

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