Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Edgar Lungu re-elected as Zambia's President.

Zambia's President Edgar Lungu has been re-elected, according to official results, which are being challenged by the main opposition party.

The electoral commission said Mr Lungu had secured 50.35% in Thursday's vote, just over the 50% threshold needed to avoid a second round under a new electoral system.

His main rival, Hakainde Hichilema, who alleges electoral fraud, won 47.67%.
Earlier, his UPND party withdrew from the ballot verification process.

Zambia's capital Lusaka has been brought to a complete standstill. Thousands dressed in the green and white of the Patriotic Front are celebrating on the streets of the city.

But the declaration by Zambia's electoral commission announcing Edgar Lungu as president-elect wasn't welcomed by all.

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