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Namibia’s President Hage Geingob Dies at 82

Three weeks ago, His office had announced that he would undergo treatment for cancer. Although the announcement did not provide details of President Geingob's diagnosis, it indicated that he would continue to carry out his presidential duties.

Namibian President Hage Geingob has died at the age of 82, his office has said, through a statement from Acting President Nangolo Mbumba.

Geingob passed away around 12:04 a.m. ET at a hospital in the capital Windhoek, where he was receiving medical treatment.

Three weeks ago, His office had announced that he would undergo treatment for cancer. Although the announcement did not provide details of President Geingob’s diagnosis, it indicated that he would continue to carry out his presidential duties.

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A later announcement by the same office said he would travel to the United States for medical care and would return to Namibia on February 2. In the US, he underwent a two-day treatment as part of a medical trial.

“The Namibian nation has lost a distinguished servant of the people, a liberation struggle icon, the chief architect of our constitution and the pillar of the Namibian house,” Acting President Nangolo Mbumba said.

“At this moment of deepest sorrow, I appeal to the nation to remain calm and collected while the Government attends to all necessary state arrangements, preparations and other protocols. Further announcements in this regard will be made.”

President Hage Geingob underwent brain surgery in 2013, and the following year he revealed that he had survived prostate cancer.

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