People, Party, Politics, and Parliament: Government and Governance in Namibia

  • Henning Melber


The transition to independence negotiated and implemented for Namibia under the initiative of the United Nations was a process of controlled change. As a result of the negotiated settlement, the national liberation movement South West African People’s Organization (SWAPO of Namibia) reconstituted itself into the dominant political party. It now controls the government, cabinet, and parliament paving the way to firm political hegemony without abandoning the structural legacy of settler colonialism both in terms of continued socio-economic discrepancies and with regard to the limits in profound changes toward a truly democratic political culture. Moreover, there are lasting structural and psychological effects resulting from the colonial legacy remaining in effect during the post-colonial era of social transformation.1


National Council Regional Council Republican Party Opposition Parti Opposition Party 
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© M.A. Mohamed Salih 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henning Melber
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  1. 1.The Nordic Africa InstituteUppsalaSweden

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