Zam­bia’s Lungu re-elected as ri­val cries foul

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Zam­bia’s in­cum­bent pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu was de­clared the win­ner of closely fought elec­tions but the vic­tory was im­me­di­ately chal­lenged by his main ri­val. Elec­tion com­mis­sion chief Esau Chulu an­nounced on Au­gust 15 that Mr Lungu was “duly elected” af­ter re­leas­ing the fi­nal re­sults from the Au­gust 11 elec­tions, which put the pres­i­dent ahead of his main ri­val Hakainde Hichilema by 2.5 per­cent or around 200,000 votes. “We are go­ing to take up this mat­ter legally,” said Jack Mwi­imbu, le­gal spe­cial­ist for the op­po­si­tion United Party for Na­tional De­vel­op­ment, af­ter the re­sults were an­nounced. “We have over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence of ma­nip­u­la­tions in the fig­ures.”

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