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Vol 58 No 14

Published 7th July 2017


Zambia

In a state of suspense

President Edgar Lungu declared a state of emergency on 5 July, confirming the fears of oppositionists. 'If I become a dictator for once, bear with me,' he told reporters after the latest of several suspicious major fires in the capital but before the announcement. One third of the stalls at Lusaka City Market burned down early on 4 July. 'If it means suspending human rights, then we will suspend human rights. Forget about human rights,' he said, visiting the scene after his return from the African Union summit.

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