Namibia
POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT


III. POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT

Nature of Political Relationship with the United States

Namibia and the United States have enjoyed warm bilateral relations because of their shared democratic and free market values. The U.S. and Namibia are working together to increase the human resource capacity of previously disadvantaged Namibians, to promote small private enterprise development and to improve the education system.

Major political issues affecting business climate

General elections for the National Assembly (the first house of Parliament) and the President are held every five years, while elections for the National Council (the second house of Parliament) take place every six years. During the last general elections the ruling SWAPO party won 53 of the 72 elected National Assembly seats.

Brief Synopsis Of Political System

SWAPO of Namibia is the ruling party and has been since independence in 1990. Formerly Marxist-oriented, SWAPO now champions a multiparty democracy, a mixed economy, and national reconciliation. The DTA of Namibia is the official opposition, while other political parties represented in the Parliament are the United Democratic Front (UDF), the Democratic Coalition of Namibia (DCN) and the Monitor Action Group (MAG).

Source: U. S. Department of Commerce - National Trade Data Bank, September 3, 1999

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