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Vol 52 No 2

Published 21st January 2011


Banda on the backfoot

Despite a faster-growing economy, opposition parties are winning support by pushing nationalism

Facing growing dissatisfaction, President Rupiah Bwezani Banda and the governing Movement for Multiparty Democracy have a fight on their hands to win this year’s national elections. The MMD lost five of the seven parliamentary by-elections last year. The date for elections has not been announced but is expected to be in April or May. Banda says that MMD primaries will have to take place first. Zambia has continued to show strong economic growth, beating the anticipated inflation target of 8% in 2010; gross domestic product growth was 7.1% and is expected to rise to 8% this year. Pledges of foreign direct investment have risen to over US$4.3 billion, most of it from China, compared to $3 bn. last year and $1 bn. in 2009.

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