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Vol 55 No 23

Published 21st November 2014


Zambia

Foreign boost for opposition

Dignitaries and South African businessmen are trying to unite the opposition against the Patriotic Front

A group of influential outsiders is struggling to galvanise the fractious opposition to beat the late Michael Sata's party in the presidential by-election due in January, Africa Confidential can reveal. Their efforts have not been helped by former President Rupiah Banda's announcement on 17 November that he will stand on the Movement for Multiparty Democracy ticket. Nevers Sekwila Mumba, Banda's successor as party leader, also insists he will be the MMD's candidate. Banda, then the incumbent, lost the presidential election to Sata in 2011.

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