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Zambia Votes For New President

Zambia Votes For New President

Zambians head to the polls amid economic woes. Voting takes place for a new president and legislators against a backdrop of lethargic growth. Incumbent Edgar Lungu is confident of outright victory but so is his main rival Hakainde Hichilema. The run up to this election has been marred by violence uncharacteristic in what's otherwise 1 of Africa's most stable democracies. Weak commodity prices have hit the continent's 2nd biggest copper producer hard.


Zambians are grappling with rising unemployment after mine closures as well as chronic electricity shortages and rising prices of household goods. To be elected, the winner must receive over half of the vote.