Edgar Lungu re-elected


President Edgar Lungu has been re-elected in the first round of the presidential election according to the official results announced by the electoral commission.

Edgar Lungu of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) took 1,860,877 or 50.35% of the vote compared with his main rival Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) who took 1,760,347 votes or 47.63% of the vote. The opposition has challenged the result. The election has been questioned in some quarters as unfair because of the overwhelming state media bias in favour of the president.

The president has announced that he will delay his inauguration until after the supreme court has ruled on the opposition’s objections.

Turnout was 56.45%.

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