Lungu to be inaugurated president next week
LUSAKA — The Zambian government has confirmed the date for the inauguration of President Edgar Lungu after the Constitutional Court dismissed an application by the opposition challenging his re-election, The Post reports.
An independent election monitoring body tweeted the government’s announcement yesterday.
The inauguration ceremony has been set for Tuesday, September 13 at the National Heroes Stadium.
Zambia’s constitutional court yesterday threw out an attempt by the defeated presidential candidate, Hakainde Hichilema, to annul August election results, clearing the way for Lungu’s inauguration.
Hichilema, who lost the election by 100 000 votes, claimed that the result was rigged and launched a legal bid to stop Lungu retaining power.
Lungu took office only last year when he beat Hichilema in a snap election.
Zambia is known for its relative stability, but the run-up to the vote was marked by clashes between supporters of Lungu’s Patriotic Front (PF) and Hichilema’s United Party for Natiuonal Development (UPND). — AFP