Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is edging closer to becoming the country’s first female president.

The 70-year-old has just been elected as vice-president of the governing party Swapo, which has been in power since independence in 1990 and has won every election with a large majority.

This makes her the frontrunner to succeed President Hage Geingob, who will be stepping down, as Swapo’s presidential candidate for the 2024 elections.

“We have now a female comrade who may take over the presidency of Swapo and also the presidency of the republic,” President Geingob said at the elective congress.

Ms Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is minister of international relations and cooperation, beat Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and Environment Minister Pohamba Shifeta.

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