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Zambia opposition leader contest re-election of Lunga

The opposition – the United Party for National Development (UPND ) – claim to have evidence, “to the effect that the votes for Hakainde Hichilema have been deliberately reduced in collusion with the Electoral Commission of Zambia.”

The opposition is to to appeal the result with the Constitutional Court. But the accusation of fraud has been rejected by President Lungu.

“You can trust the government of President Edgar Lungu. We mean well and we shall not betray the people’s trust” PF secretary-general Davis Chama said.

In the meantime there have been reports that police have been sent to the south of the country after disturbances broke out among Hichilema supporters.

The election in Africa’s second-largest copper producer was fought over issues such as rising unemployment and power shortages amid an economic slump which the opposition has blamed on Lungu’s mismanagement.

The election dispute, which could blight Zambia’s reputation as one of the most stable democracies in Africa, could damage negotiations with the IMF.


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