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South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory. In 1966 the Marxist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched a war of independence for the area that became Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Namibia has been governed by SWAPO since the country won independence in 1990. Hifikepunye POHAMBA was elected president in November 2004 in a landslide victory replacing Sam NUJOMA who led the country during its first 14 years of self rule. POHAMBA was reelected in November 2009.


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Military

Military branches
Namibian Defense Force (NDF): Army, Navy, Air Force (2010)

Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2010)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 568,231 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 351,431
Females age 16-49 311,513 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 26,413
Female 26,038 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 30
3.7% of GDP (2006)


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