Is Namibia's new president gay-friendly?

Published: December 9, 2014

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In last month’s elections, SWAPO’s Hage Geingob – who is currently prime minister – received almost 87 percent of the vote for the presidency.

Wikipedia notes that in his Ph.D. thesis Geingob “examined the efforts of Namibians to build a reconciled society…” and “to promote a culture of human rights…”

According to journalist Clemans Miyanicwe, the 73-year-old statesman, who will be sworn into office in March next year, is “a well-known defender of the rights of sexual minorities.”

In 1990, Geingob was reported to have said that although laws against sodomy were in place in Namibia, these had not been used “for the sake of human rights.” It’s also reported that he stated that gays and lesbians are protected under the Namibian Constitution.

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