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Zambia's president Lungu on August elections

Zambia's president Lungu on August elections


Zambia’s president Edgar Lungu has said he is seeking to rule the Southern African country for the next five years.

Lungu who has been in power for just over a year is seeking re-election in the country’s August presidential polls.

The 59 year old leader came into power after winning a ballot triggered by the death of his predecessor, Michael Sata, in October 2014.

Reports indicate that Lungu is basing on his re-election strategy on his achievements during his tenure.

Meanwhile, the country’s electoral commission has threatened to bar campaigning ahead of the elections due to growing cases of violence.

The violence incidents have been mainly between the supporters of the governing Patriotic Front and the main opposition United Party for National Development.

With nine candidates in the presidential race, analysts believe that the election is a two horse race between Lungu and Hakainde Hichilema of the opposition party who came second in last year’ s election.

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