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Vol 56 No 2

Published 23rd January 2015


Zambia

PF set for victory

Edgar Lungu's surprise alliance with ex-President Banda – which may involve major policy compromises – should carry the day at the polls

The presidential candidate of the governing Patriotic Front, Edgar Lungu, has surprised Zambians by joining forces with former President Rupiah Banda, whose Movement for Multiparty Democracy was defeated by the PF in the 2011 general elections. After unexpectedly being obliged to stand down as a candidate, Banda has put the MMD's massive store of campaign materials – including four helicopters chartered in South Africa and numerous vehicles – at Lungu's disposal in return for special considerations, according to Africa Confidential's sources in Lusaka. All expect Lungu to win the 20 January presidential by-election by a wide margin.

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