Zambian President Edgar Lungu has been re-elected. The electoral commission announced that he had got 50.3% of the vote, avoiding a run-off against his close challenger Hakainde Hichilema, who obtained 47.7%.
Meanwhile, Hichilema has kicked against election results, calling it “a coup on democracy.” He said that the election did not meet the minimum requirement of a free and fair election.
Hichilema said thatraised electoral anomalies, especially in Lusaka, to the electoral commission and they had agreed that they will hold off the announcement until a verification of votes was done.
He accused Lungu of colluding with the commission to go ahead with the announcement of the results.
Former Nigerian leader Goodluck Jonathan is in Zambia to monitor the election.
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