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Hage Geingob, Namibia’s newly elected president, is no new name in the country’s political environment. The 74-year old served as the country’s prime minister from 1990 until 2002, again from 2012 until 2015 and he was vice president from 2007 to 2012. Being a member of the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO), which has been in power since the country’s independence in 1990, he took part in the country’s struggle against Apartheid South Africa. Geingob was in constant exile, he exiled in Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo and the United States of America. While in exile he ensured to present the case of the Namibian people to the world. Namibia recently was rated sixth among best governed countries in Africa, seventh lowest in corruption and had the freest press of the continent. However, Geingob has expressed a critical view on wealth indicators like the GDP, reminding these do not necessarily mirror a fair distribution of wealth. His administration’s main aim is to tackle inequality and poverty, as scars from the Apartheid system, based on segregation and exclusion, remain to effect the transitioned country. With 47% of women in parliament and a nameable amount of female ministers Namibia has made important steps towards gender equality. Nevertheless Geingob is trying to do more to further empower women to take part in the the country’s economy and find their way out of poverty. Furthermore he is looking to narrow tribalism, as the democratic system should be based on “unity and inclusion”. Geingob gained his PhD in 2004 with a doctoral thesis titled State Formation in Namibia: Promoting Democracy and Good Governance. He is going to be in office for at least five years, as per the presidential term in Namibia. The successor of Hifikepunye Pohamba and Sam Nujoma is expected to bring the country further on its way to equal wealth distribution, tackling poverty and increase economic opportunities.