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Vol 52 No 20

Published 7th October 2011


Troubled exit for Banda

Sata owes victory to the fear of a return to rampant corruption; he must also thank those who persuaded Banda not to rig the election

Rupiah Bwezani Banda was on the verge of declaring himself winner of the 20 September presidential poll after realising he had lost the elections to Michael Chilufya Sata’s Patriotic Front (PF), sources close to the presidency have told Africa Confidential. It was only the intervention of top advisors, electoral officials, founding President Kenneth David Kaunda, and United States and European Union diplomats on 22 September that persuaded Banda not to subvert the results and stay in office.

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