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Vol 62 No 17

Published 26th August 2021


Reconciliation and a reckoning

The new President has drawn a line under his bitter history with Edgar Lungu, but the profiteers of the last six years can expect to be held to account

President Hakainde Hichilema's inauguration on 24 August ended the tense period that followed polling day on 12 August, when it looked as though his predecessor, Edgar Lungu, might refuse to accept defeat. Lungu conceded after a landslide carried the United Party for National Development (UPND) leader to State House by almost a million votes (about 60% of the ballot to Lungu's 38%) in a heated presidential contest – Hichilema's sixth. Earlier, Lungu had vowed never to hand over the presidency to him.

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