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Zambia's parliament elects first female speaker amid changes

Sep. 03, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zambia’s parliament has elected its first female speaker, days after new President Hakainde Hichilema began shaking up the government by firing security commanders and promising economic reforms. In August the long-time opposition leader was...

Zambians cheer inauguration of new leader Hakainde Hichilema

Aug. 24, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zambia's new president, longtime opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, has been sworn into power, raising hopes in the southern African country that in recent years has swung from prosperity and stability to massive debt, recession and repression. ...

Zambia celebrates peaceful transfer of power after elections

Aug. 17, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Business quickly returned to normal in Zambia Tuesday, a day after veteran opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was declared president-elect and the incumbent president Edgar Lungu conceded his election defeat. Citizens brushed aside concerns of...

'A new day': Opposition leader elected president in Zambia

Aug. 16, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambia's veteran opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has won the southern African country’s presidency with more than 50% of the vote. Hichilema was declared president–elect early Monday after getting more than 2.8 million votes to President...

Zambia's opposition leader takes lead in presidential poll

Aug. 15, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Veteran Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema appears on the verge of clinching the southern African country’s presidency, with a commanding lead in votes. The 59-year old businessman, contesting the presidency for the sixth time, has more...

Celebrations as Zambian opposition candidate leads in count

Aug. 14, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Supporters of Zambian opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema have begun celebrating Saturday as early election results show him leading in the tightly-fought, tense presidential race. Ignoring calls by the Electoral Commission for people to wait...

More army deployed as uneasy Zambia counts votes after polls

Aug. 13, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — As electoral officials in Zambia counted ballots on Friday a day after tense voting, President Edgar Lungu has deployed more troops in some restive parts of the country following two election-day killings. Lungu had deployed the military in...

Zambia starts counting ballots in closely fought elections

Aug. 12, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambian polling places stayed open after dark Thursday, as voters at some waited in long lines to cast their ballots while in others officials began counting the results. Large turnouts were seen in the capital, Lusaka, and other parts of the...

Zambia's opposition leader warns of tensions ahead of polls

Aug. 11, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambia’s main opposition leader has warned the military deployed on the streets ahead of crucial elections Thursday against “aiding a particular party” and raised concern that the country could fall into chaos if the polls are “mismanaged.” ...

Elections to test Zambia's standing as a stable democracy

Aug. 10, 2021 04:17 AM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambia's standing as one of Africa's most stable democracies is being tested this week in the vote in which President Edgar Lungu is seeking re-election. A tight race is expected and some analysts say the presidential poll may provoke a political...