Zambia’s President Declared Election Winner

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Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has been re-elected, according to official results, which are being challenged by the main opposition party anyway.

The electoral commission said Mr Lungu had secured 50.35% in Thursday’s vote, just over the 50% threshold needed to avoid a second round under a new electoral system.

His main rival, Hakainde Hichilema, who alleges electoral fraud, won 47.67%.

Earlier, his UPND party withdrew from the ballot verification process.

The declaration by Zambia’s electoral commission announcing Edgar Lungu as president-elect wasn’t welcomed by all.

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