Politician named Adolf Hitler wins election – but has no plans for ‘domination’

A politician named after the murderous Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler says he has no plans for "world domination" after winning an election.

Named by his father after the evil leader, Adolf Hitler Uunona took 85% of votes for a seat on a regional council in Namibia.

Formerly known as German South West Africa, much of Namibia still has German names but Uunona claims his dad is unlikely to have known about Hitler's actions.

Uunona of the ruling SWAPO party told Bild : "My father named me after this man. He probably didn't understand what Adolf Hitler stood for.

"As a child I saw it as a totally normal name. Only as a teenager did I understand that this man wanted to conquer the whole world."

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The politician, who typically goes by Adolf Uunona, said that it is too late to officially change his name.

He added: "The fact I have this name does not mean I want to conquer Oshana. It doesn't mean I'm striving for world domination."

An overwhelming 1,196 votes to 213 secured Uunona a seat on the regional council, proving his controversial name has not held him back.

Namibia was a German colony from 1884 until sanctions in the Treaty of Versailles after World War I stripped Germany of its possessions and wealth.

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Hitler then built his success with the Nazi party by using the humiliation suffered as a result of the treaty as a propaganda tool.

German soldiers slaughtered some 65,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama tribespeople in a bloody campaign to suppress a local revolt between 1904 and 1908.

German government minister described the massacre as a genocide during a visit to the African country in 2019.

Namibia is still home to a small German-speaking community, and around 120,000 Germans visit the nation each year.

The German government says it has a "special responsibility" towards Namibia "on account of the two countries’ shared colonial past'".

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