Namibian President Hage Geingob Will Start Treatment For Cancer, His Office Says

FILE - Namibia President Hage Geingob speaks during a plenary session at the COP28 U.N. Climate Summit, on Dec. 1, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Geingob will start treatment for cancer, his office said Friday Jan. 19, 2024.
The Namibian Presidency said the 82 year old had a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy as part of routine medical checkups on Jan. 8. and a follow-up biopsy revealed the presence of cancerous cells. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
FILE - Namibia President Hage Geingob speaks during a plenary session at the COP28 U.N. Climate Summit, on Dec. 1, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Geingob will start treatment for cancer, his office said Friday Jan. 19, 2024. The Namibian Presidency said the 82 year old had a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy as part of routine medical checkups on Jan. 8. and a follow-up biopsy revealed the presence of cancerous cells. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Namibian President Hage Geingob will start treatment for cancer after routine medical checkups and a follow-up biopsy led to the detection of cancerous cells, his office said Friday.

The Namibian Presidency said the 82-year-old had a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy on Jan. 8, followed by a biopsy. Geingob's office gave no more details on his diagnosis but said he would continue to carry out his duties.

Geingob, who has been president of the southern African nation since 2015, is due to finish his second and final term in office this year. In 2014, he said he had survived prostate cancer.

“On the advice of the medical team, President Geingob will undertake appropriate medical treatment to deal with the cancerous cells,” his office said in a statement.

Namibia will hold elections to choose a new leader in November.

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