Namibia The Doves Win

SWAPO succeeds at the polls, but not by too much

Democracy arrived with becoming moderation in Namibia last week. The country's first internationally accepted election went off almost flawlessly. An impressive 97% of the 701,000 voters peacefully chose a National Assembly that will write a constitution and end 74 years of South African control. By denying any single party absolute power in the 72-seat assembly, the voters boosted the chance that democratic institutions will take root after the international observers go home.

The biggest vote getter, as expected, was the South West African People's Organization, or SWAPO, the Marxist-led group that conducted a 23-year guerrilla war for independence. But SWAPO won...

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