Namibia celebrates independence

2010-03-21 16:02

Windhoek - Namibia is marking the 20th anniversary of independence from apartheid-era South Africa.

More than 50 regional and world leaders are gathering on Sunday for the swearing in of President Hifikepunye Pohamba for a second five-year term.

The official Namibia Press Agency reports that the ceremonies also will mark the southwest African nation's independence anniversary.

Along with President Jacob Zuma, guests include Martti Athisaari of Finland, the former chief United Nations representative here before independence ended two decades of guerrilla war against South African forces.

Pohamba, head of the ruling South West Africa People's Organisation and the independent nation's second president, won elections in 2004 and 2009.