Namibia's new president inaugurated

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Hage Geingob was inaugurated as Namibia's third president.

Hage Geingob was inaugurated as Namibia's third president.

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Hage Geingob was inaugurated as Namibia's third president.

Hage Geingob was inaugurated as Namibia's third president.

WINDHOEK - Namibia&39;s 25 years of independence on Saturday was marked with a colourful military parade in a sports stadium and the swearing-in of the country&39;s third president Hage Geingob.

"Today 25 years ago a new and liberated nation was born after a long struggle for freedom, for which our heroes and heroines paid a high price and moulded a new nation," outgoing President Hifikepunye Pohamba told a packed stadium.

"Namibia obtained its freedom through the help of many friendly nations like Angola, Zambia, Tanzania and Cuba," Pohamba said.

Pohamba handed Geingob the symbols of power -- the national seal, the national flag and a specially bound copy of the Constitution. Geingob then took the oath of office.

He was sworn in by Namibia&39;s Chief Justice Peter Shivute.

As Head of State, Geingob is now also Commander-in-Chief of the Namibia Defence Force.

Several Heads of State, among them Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, King Mswati of Swaziland, South African vice-preisdent Cyril Ramaphosa, former president Thabo Mbeki and African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma attended the ceremony.