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Vol 57 No 25

Published 16th December 2016


Zambia

Lungu against the law

The President may be comfortably installed in State House but he is not easing up on institutions which get in his way

The latest public body to feel President Edgar Lungu's enmity is the judiciary, which has been granting petitions to nullify some constituencies' results in the 16 August polls. Oppositionists pleading election irregularities filed an unprecedented 84 petitions at the High Court. The revised constitution requires judges to hear them within 90 days, which means most cases are now reaching conclusion. Late last month, the Court overturned the results of four seats: two won by the governing Patriotic Front (PF) in Lusaka, one by the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) in Southern Province and one independent in Western Province. The judges cited intimidation, use of public resources for campaigning and violence.

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