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Vol 51 No 9

Published 30th April 2010


Zambia

The battle around Banda

Even his own party cannot agree on whether to back the President for the coming election campaign

Rupiah Bwezani Banda came to office by accident in November 2008, on the death of President Levy Mwanawasa. He hopes to win another election next year and has the advantage of incumbency. Yet he faces challenges from several senior members of the governing Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), as well as from some of the opposition leaders who once backed him. The scene is set for the most fiercely contested poll since the advent of multiparty rule in Zambia 19 years ago.

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