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Namibian president Geingob passes away after battling cancer

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By IANS Updated: Feb 04, 2024 6:09 pm
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WINDHOEK — Namibian President Hage G. Geingob passed away early Sunday after battling cancer in a hospital in the capital city of Windhoek.

The announcement of his death was made by the Namibain presidential office, Xinhua news agency reported.

In a statement on the official social media account of the Namibian Presidency, Acting president Nangolo Mbumba said: “It is with utmost sadness and regret that I inform you that our beloved Dr. Hage G. Geingob, the President of the Republic of Namibia, has passed on today, Sunday 4 February 2024 at around 00h04 at Lady Pohamba Hospital where he was receiving medical treatment from his medical team.”

Geingob had served as Namibia’s third president since March 21, 2015, and was re-elected for another five-year term in 2019. He served as prime minister in 1990-2002 and 2012-2015, in addition to other key ministerial and leadership roles.

“His medical team… has been trying its utmost best to ensure that our President recovers,” the statement said. “Regrettably, notwithstanding the team’s spirited effort to save his life, sadly, fellow Namibians, President Geingob passed on.”

“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,” the statement said.

The statement called upon Namibians to “remain calm and collected while the government attends to all necessary state arrangements, preparations and other protocols.”

On January 19, the Namibian presidency said Geingob’s medical team discovered cancerous cells following a biopsy examination of Geingob.

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By IANS Updated: Feb 04, 2024 6:09:15 pm
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