South Africa has decided to call unilaterally an election in its disputed territory of South West Africa, also known as Namibia.
South Africa has decided to call unilaterally an election in its disputed territory of South West Africa, also known as Namibia. The decision, which effectively snubs a United Nations plan for the territory's independence, was announced at a press conference in Pretoria on Wednesday (20 September) by Prime Minister John Vorster. He gave no date for the election but said he could allow the impasse on the territory's future to continue indefinitely. The people living in the area had to be given the opportunity to elect their representatives, the South Africa leader said, and it was not the role of the United Nations or any other entity to "delay the process leading to self-determination and independence."
At this press conference, Mr. Vorster announced his retirement after twelve years as leader of South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Vorster told pressmen his health no longer allowed him to fulfil the stren??? duties of a Prime Minister, but he would be available for election as President -- a post vacant since the recent death of President Nicolaas Diederichs.