Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu Retains Seat at 50.35% of the vote against 47.67 percent

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Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu defeated his main rival Hakainde Hichilema in a close fought presidential election, the southern African nation’s electoral commission said on Monday.

Lungu, leader of the Patriotic Front, won 50.35 percent of the vote against 47.67 percent for Hichilema of the United Party for National Development, the commission said.

By Monday morning, he was leading 85 percent of the constituencies counted, but his main rival demanded a recount in a key district, citing irregularities.

Lungu faced stiff challenge from United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema, who accuses him of running the economy down, a charge the president has rejected.

Source: Reuters