Lungu to be in­au­gu­rated pres­i­dent next week

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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

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