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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 10:36 GMT 11:36 UK
Hollywood couple get privacy vow
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is eight months pregnant
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will have their privacy protected during their stay in Namibia, the country's government has said.

The couple are due to stay in the southern African country for two months, where pregnant Jolie is expected to give birth.

A number of photographers have already been ordered by the Namibian government to leave the country or face arrest.

The couple have also issued a statement asking the press to leave them alone.

'Beautiful country'

Loini Katoma, the permanent secretary in Namibia's ministry of information and broadcasting, said: "The Namibian government feels constitutionally bound to not only protect the privacy of its own citizens, but also the privacy of visitors.

"Since Mr Pitt and Ms Jolie were forced over the past weekend to release a statement in which they asked the local and international media for privacy... the Namibian government feels compelled to take steps to protect their privacy."

In a statement the couple, who are in Namibia with Jolie's adopted children Maddox and Zahara, thanked "local people who have been so kind and generous".

It added: "We love Africa and to be here in Namibia with our family is very special for us.

"As for the press, we kindly ask for privacy so that we can enjoy this beautiful country with our children."

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