Zambia’s Lungu re-elected as rival cries foul

African Press International (API)

AFP -1 | Jumatatu, Agosti 15, 2016

Zambia’s incumbent President Edgar Lungu was on Monday declared the winner of a closely-fought election in the southern African country, a victory that was immediately challenged by his main rival.

Election commission chief Esau Chulu announced that Lungu was “duly elected” after releasing the final results from Thursday’s election which put the president ahead of his main rival Hakainde Hichilema by around 200,000 votes.

“We are going to take up this matter legally,” Jack Mwiimbu, legal specialist for the United Party for National Development (UPND), told reporters.

“We have overwhelming evidence of manipulations in the figures.”

But PF secretary general Davis Chama, who popped several champagne bottles at Mulungushi Conference Centre where the results were announced, laughed off allegations that the vote was rigged.

“Those are cry babies who always complain each time there is an election. We have taught them a lesson…

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