World leaders congratulate Geingob on election victory

20 Jan 2015 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 20 JAN (NAMPA) – Leaders across the world have showered congratulatory messages on Namibia’s president-elect Hage Geingob.
Geingob, Namibia’s current Prime Minister, won Namibia's fifth Presidential election on 28 November 2014, and will be sworn-in into his new role on 21 March 2015.
A media statement issued here on Tuesday by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said Geingob’s resounding victory has resonated around the globe.
Angolan President Josè Eduardo Dos Santos said Angola is committed to continue strengthening and deepening the historic ties of solidarity, friendship and cooperation that unite Angola and Namibia.
His Majesty King Mswati III, the Queen Mother and the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland expressed their firm belief that the cordial relations which have always existed between Namibia and Swaziland, will continue to be enhanced under the leadership of Geingob.
The OPM statement further quoted Senegalese president Macky Sall as expressing his desire to work with Geingob to build on the long existing friendship between their two countries.
Similar sentiments were also conveyed by President Arthur Peter Mutharika of Malawi, who said that the strengthening of friendship was not only important for Namibia and Malawi, but the Southern African Development Community region as a whole.
Meanwhile, both President Seretse Khama Ian Khama from Botswana and President of the Republic of Seychelles, James Michel congratulated Namibia on the peaceful manner in which the elections were conducted, saying it reaffirms the strong commitment of Namibians to democracy and the rule of law.
From further abroad, Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said the Council is grateful for the collaboration that the European Union has had with Namibia during Geingob’s tenure as Prime Minister.
United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister David Cameron said Namibia has been a key partner for the UK in recent months, most notably in the areas of illegal wildlife trade, and preventing sexual violence in conflict initiatives.
He added that Geingob has a clear and strong mandate to lead, under which he (Cameron) believes Namibia will continue to flourish.
Other congratulatory messages came from among others the leaders of Greece, Serbia, Austria, Spain, Ukraine, Belarus, Slovak Republic, Finland, Turkey, Republic of Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
(NAMPA)
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