Zambia’s opposition in victory run in presidential election

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Zambia’s official opposition party,United Party for National Development, UPND, is warming up for victory going by snap results in last Saturday’s Presidential election. The party said it was time to unite the country and urged people not to heed President Edgar Lungu’s statement that the presidential and parliamentary elections were not free and fair.

The leader of the UPND, Hakainde Hichilema had taken an early lead against Lungu on Saturday as results rolled in.

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“The other side clearly know they have lost and are trying to throw out the entire election just to cling on to their jobs,” said Hichilema’s spokesman. “This is the desperate final act of an outgoing administration,” he said.

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Lungu, 64 and in power since 2015, faces a potentially close-run contest against Hichilema, a self-made businessman who was jailed after narrowly losing the last election.

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