|Minister of Defense|
4 December 2012 – 21 March 2015
|Preceded by||Charles Namoloh|
|Succeeded by||Penda Ya Ndakolo|
|3rd Prime Minister of Namibia|
21 March 2005 – 4 December 2012
|Preceded by||Theo-Ben Gurirab|
|Succeeded by||Hage Geingob|
|Minister of Higher Education|
21 March 1995 – 21 March 2005
|Succeeded by||Nangolo Mbumba|
|Minister of Education, Sport, and Culture|
21 March 1990 – 21 March 1995
|Preceded by||position established|
22 August 1943 |
Onyaanya Constituency, South-West Africa
|Spouse(s)||Katrina Tangeni Namalenga|
|Alma mater||University of Zambia
University of Manchester
Nahas Gideon Angula (born 22 August 1943) is a Namibian politician who served as the third Prime Minister of Namibia from 21 March 2005 to 4 December 2012. He was succeeded by Hage Geingob in a cabinet reshuffle after the 2012 SWAPO congress. He subsequently served as Minister of Defence from 2012 to 2015.
Angula is a member of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO). He was Minister of Education, Sport, and Culture from 1990 to 1995 and Minister of Higher Education from 1995 to 2005.
Angula was born in Onyaanya, Oshikoto Region. He was in exile from Namibia from 1965 to 1989, and during this time he worked for Radio Zambia from 1973 to 1976 and for the United Nations as a civil servant from 1976 to 1980 before becoming a SWAPO organizer in 1980. He was in charge of SWAPO voter registration in 1989. Immediately prior to independence, Angula was a SWAPO member of the Constituent Assembly of Namibia, which was in place from November 1989 to March 1990.
Angula received the highest number of votes, 395 (tied with Jerry Ekandjo), in the election to the Central Committee of SWAPO at the party's August 2002 congress. He was one of three candidates who sought SWAPO's nomination as its presidential candidate in May 2004. He placed third in the first round, receiving 137 votes, while Hifikepunye Pohamba received 213 and Hidipo Hamutenya received 166, and he was therefore excluded from the second round. Those who supported Angula backed Pohamba almost without exception in the second round of voting, and Pohamba was victorious.
On March 21, 2005, when Pohamba was sworn in as President of Namibia, he announced that he was appointing Angula as Prime Minister of Namibia.
After Hage Geingob was re-elected as SWAPO Vice-President on 2 December 2012, and thus confirmed as SWAPO's 2014 presidential candidate, President Pohamba appointed Geingob to replace Angula as Prime Minister on 4 December 2012. Angula was instead appointed as Minister of Defense.
Amidst a push for new faces in the National Assembly, Angula opted not to seek a spot on the SWAPO list for the 2014 election.
Education and personal life
- Profile on Namibian parliament website.[dead link]
- Biographies of Namibian Personalities, klausdierks.com.
- List of members of the Constituent Assembly[permanent dead link], parliament.gov.na.
- "The ruling party's new Central Committee", The Namibian, August 27, 2002.
- "Meet the men who are vying for Nujoma's job", Reuters, May 28, 2004.
- Petros Kuteeue, "Pohamba the winner", The Namibian, May 31, 2004.
- "Namibia's new president takes office", AFP, March 22, 2005.
- "Namibia leader taps trade minister as likely successor", Reuters, 4 December 2012.
- Selma Shipanga and Shinovene Immanuel, "Transition team picked", The Namibian, 5 December 2012.
- "SPYL hails Swapo list", New Era, 2 September 2014.
|Prime Minister of Namibia