Published On: Tue, Aug 17th, 2021
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Zambia Opposition Leader Hichilema Wins Landslide in Presidential Electionon August 17, 2021 at 7:34 am

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LUSAKA—Zambian President Edgar Lungu conceded defeat on Monday, after a landslide election win by opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who will face the challenge of reviving an economy in turmoil. With all but one constituency counted, Hichilema had won 2,810,777 votes against Lungu’s 1,814,201, and the electoral commission declared him president. It marked the country’s third peaceful handover of power to an opposition party. “I will comply with the constitutional provisions for a peaceful transition of power. I would therefore like to congratulate my brother, the president-elect, His Excellency Mr Hakainde Hichilema,” Lungu, 64, said in a short televised address to the nation. When the celebrations die down, Hichilema, 59, a former CEO at an accounting firm before entering politics, will need to focus on resuscitating a flagging economy. Zambia became Africa’s first pandemic-era sovereign default in November after failing to keep up with its international debt payments. “It is in …

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