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Hakainde sworn in as Zambia’s President after his 6th attempt at power

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Zambia's newly-elected president, Hakainde Hichilema

Zambia’s newly-elected president, Hakainde Hichilema, has been sworn into office after his 6th attempt, pulling off a stunning rare victory for an African opposition leader.

Hichilema was inaugurated this morning at a ceremony attended by leaders such as Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan and Malawi leader Lazarus Chakwera.

Zambia’s second female Vice President Mutale Nalumango was also sworn in during the ceremony.

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Hichilema defeated outgoing President Edgar Lungu in a landslide by almost one million votes in his sixth attempt at becoming ruler of Zambia.

It was a stunning turnaround for the politician known as HH — Hichilema spent several months in prison in 2017 for what were widely seen as politically motivated treason charges.

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The charges were dropped under intense international pressure.

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