Zambia’s opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema wins elections

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Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been declared the winner of last week’s bitterly contested presidential election.

Mr Hichilema defeated the incumbent, President Edgar Lungu, by more than a million votes after his sixth attempt of contesting in the elections.
His opponent Mr. Lungu’s has accepted defeat and congratulated him.

Meanwhile, Mr Lungu has also alleged that the elections were not free and fair.
He said Patriotic Front election officials had been chased from polling stations, leaving votes unprotected.
In its final tally, the electoral commission said Mr Hichilema had won 2,810,777 votes to Mr Lungu’s 1,814,201 in Thursday’s election. There were seven million registered voters.

The huge margin of victory means there is no need for a run-off.

The huge margin of victory means there is no need for a run-off.
I therefore declare that the said Hichilema to be president of Zambia,” commission chairman Esau Chulu announced at the results centre in Lusaka.

Mr Lungu’s six-year rule was criticised for alleged human rights abuses, corruption, a failing economy and massive unemployment.

It was said that Mr. Hichilema will now face the disconcerting challenge of turning around the country’s economic fortunes but before then, his supporters are currently celebrating on the streets of the capital, Lusaka.

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