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.
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.
The charges were dropped under intense international pressure.