SWAPO’s ruling party in Namibia has elected Hage Geingob as president this weekend, according to an announcement made Monday by the party.

Geingob, president of Namibia since 2015, but acting president of the ruling party, won 574 votes out of 766 at the elective congress, said Sisa Namandje, a lawyer who presided over the poll.

According to the party’s policy, the winner will automatically become SWAPO’s candidate for the 2019 national presidential election.

His candidacy for Geingob as president of the ruling party has been challenged by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Jerry Ekandjo, and former Prime Minister Nahas Angula.

Former Prime Minister Hage Geingob elected President of Namibia in 2014, is a member of La Swapo, the ruling party in the anti-colonial and anti-apartheid struggle. Since the country’s independence in 1990, the party has won all elections.