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Lungu to be declared Zambia’s sixth President

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Edgar Lungu

Edgar Lungu

Ruling Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Edgar Lungu is expected to scoop the tightly contested Presidential Election, beating rival Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development into second place.

The 58-year-old Lawyer, who is also Justice and Defense Minister, will be declared winner by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) at noon when the remaining nine constituencies are verified and confirmed.

By 22:30 hours last night, the ECZ had announced 141 constituencies and Lungu had maintained a slender lead, polling 780, 691 (48.72%) while UPND’s Hichilema managed 752, 850 (46.70%). According to expert projections, the results from the remaining constituencies are unlikely to affect the final outcome.

State security has since moved in to provide protocol for Lungu.

Meanwhile, all is set for Lungu to be inaugurated as Zambia’s Sixth Republican President, succeeding Micheal Chilufya Sata who died in October in a London hospital after a long illness.

The inauguration ceremony, which will be held Sunday at Heroes Stadium after the ECZ officially declares him winner, will be graced by neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila and other foreign and local dignitaries.

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