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Vol 56 No 3

Published 6th February 2015


Zambia

Narrow win stretches nerves

The new President’s thin mandate leaves the internal faction-fighting little changed as he picks his cabinet

President Edgar Lungu's exceptionally slim win on a disastrously low turnout in the 20 January presidential by-election leaves him weak and the governing Patriotic Front still badly split. Lungu pipped four-time presidential contender Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) by a mere 27,000 votes or 1.66% in the narrowest win in Zambia's history. The turnout of only 32% indicates massive disillusionment. In the election of 2011, turnout was 54%, with over a million more electors casting their votes.

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