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Brangelina baby gets Namibia citizenship

The state has offered citizenship to the new baby girl of Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 13:35 IST

Namibia has offered citizenship to the new baby girl of Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, born earlier today near the western town of Swakopmund.

Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt was born at 1.40 am local time near Swakopmund, some 400 kilometres from Windhoek, the capital of the southern African country, said Environment and Tourism Deputy Minister Leon Jooste.

"It is with enormous pleasure that I inform the Namibian nation about the birth of Angelina's healthy baby girl early this morning," Jooste said in a statement.

"The entire procedure went according to plan and there were no medical or other complications at all."

"Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt will according to Namibian law be allowed to obtain Namibian citizenship if the parents should choose to do so," he said, adding that a Namibian passport for the new arrival would be discussed with the parents "at a later stage."

The girl is the couple's first biological child.

Jolie adopted two children, Maddox from Cambodia in 2002 and Zahara from Ethiopia last year.

Their surnames have been changed to Jolie-Pitt.

The golden couple and the two adopted children checked into the Burning Shore beach resort in early April, where their bodyguards and Namibian police have shielded them from paparazzi.

The new parents are "thoroughly overjoyed", Jooste added, "and they have expressed their happiness to be able to share this experience in Namibia".

Jolie, 30, and Pitt, 42, will remain in Namibia for some time to allow mother and daughter to recuperate, Jooste said.

First Published: May 30, 2006 13:35 IST