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Namibia's ruling party, in power since 1990 independence, expected to win another election

  • Nambians queue to cast their votes in the country's elections near Rundu, Namibia, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. The southern African nation of Namibia on Friday voted in parliamentary and presidential elections expected to deliver a comfortable win for the ruling party, which has been in power since independence in 1990. (AP Photo/Dirk Heinrich)

    Nambians queue to cast their votes in the country's elections near Rundu, Namibia, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. The southern African nation of Namibia on Friday voted in parliamentary and presidential elections expected to deliver a comfortable win for the ruling party, which has been in power since independence in 1990. (AP Photo/Dirk Heinrich)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nambians queue to cast their votes in the country's elections near Rundu, Namibia, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. The southern African nation of Namibia on Friday voted in parliamentary and presidential elections expected to deliver a comfortable win for the ruling party, which has been in power since independence in 1990. (AP Photo/Dirk Heinrich)

    Nambians queue to cast their votes in the country's elections near Rundu, Namibia, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. The southern African nation of Namibia on Friday voted in parliamentary and presidential elections expected to deliver a comfortable win for the ruling party, which has been in power since independence in 1990. (AP Photo/Dirk Heinrich)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man dips his finger in the ink as Namibians queue to cast their votes, in the country's elections near Rundu, Namibia, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. The southern African nation of Namibia on Friday voted in parliamentary and presidential elections expected to deliver a comfortable win for the ruling party, which has been in power since independence in 1990. (AP Photo/Dirk Heinrich)

    A man dips his finger in the ink as Namibians queue to cast their votes, in the country's elections near Rundu, Namibia, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. The southern African nation of Namibia on Friday voted in parliamentary and presidential elections expected to deliver a comfortable win for the ruling party, which has been in power since independence in 1990. (AP Photo/Dirk Heinrich)  (The Associated Press)

The southern African nation of Namibia is voting in parliamentary and presidential elections expected to deliver a comfortable win for the ruling party, which has been in power since independence in 1990.

Some 1.2 million Namibians, nearly half the population, are eligible to vote in Friday's elections.

The presidential candidate of the ruling SWAPO party is Prime Minister Hage Geingob. If elected, he would succeed President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who is stepping down after serving two five-year terms.

Namibia enjoys political stability and benefits from major diamond and uranium reserves as well as revenue from tourists drawn to its stark landscapes. Geingob, the prime minister, has acknowledged that Namibia still has high poverty and lacks adequate health facilities.