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World IN BRIEF : NAMIBIA : Africa's Last Colony to Choose Leaders

November 07, 1989| From Times staff and wire service reports

After 23 years of war and 20,000 fatalities, Namibians today will begin a five-day election to choose 72 representatives who will draft a constitution and guide the nation to independence from South Africa next year. The United Nations deployed 1,200 poll watchers in an effort to ensure a fair election. The South-West Africa People's Organization is expected to outpoll nine other parties in the vote. South Africans will be watching the election as a bellwether of political steps toward majority rule.

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