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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:40 - Updated Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:40

Angolan president says Namibia's independence entailed enormous sacrifices

Windhoek - The Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, said Friday in Windhoek that the independence of Namibia entailed ?an enormous? sacrifices that however were worthwhile, in view of the ?enormous progresses? attained.

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Namibia: President José Eduardo dos Santos in Windhoek

Photo: Pedro Parente

In an allusion to the gains of Namibia’s independence, José Eduardo dos Santos highlighted the role played by Sam Nujoma, who is considered the "father of the Namibian independence” and the support he got from his former struggle comrade, the late and first Angolan president, António Agostinho Neto.

The Angolan head of State was speaking at the airport, on arrival in the Namibian capital for an official visit at the invitation of the local authorities.

While in Namibia, José Eduardo dos Santos will witness the ceremony of celebration of the 25th anniversary of the neighbouring country’s independence and the inauguration of the president-elect, Hage Geingob, following recent election.

José Eduardo dos Santos wished the Namibian people and the president-elect much success and expressed his own and Angola’s readiness to continue working with Hage Geingob towards strengthening the relations of friendship between the two countries.

According to local media, more than 20 heads of State or Governments have been invited to witness the events.

The candidate of Namibia’s ruling South West African People’s Organisation (Swapo), Hage Geingob, succeeding the head of State Hifikepunye Pohamba, was declared winner of the recent presidential election with 772,528 votes, corresponding to 77,16 percent of the vote, according to the National Election Commission.

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