ZambiaDecides Zambia delays inauguration of president-elect over court challenge

The Zambia Electoral Commission declared president Lungu winner in a keenly fought election against the main opposition party's  Hakainde Hichilema.

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The swearing in ceremony of Zambia’s president-elect Edgar Lungu has been postponed until a petition challenging his win is done with by the country’s court.

The Zambia Electoral Commission declared president Lungu winner in a keenly fought election against the main opposition party's  Hakainde Hichilema.

According to the Zambia Electoral Commission (ZEC), Lungu, leader of the Patriotic Front, won 50.35% of the vote against 47.67% for Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND).

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However, Hichilema is contesting the outcome of the election in the court, saying it is ‘cooked up.’

“Cooked-up results are not acceptable to anybody,” Hichilema told reporters late Sunday. “You have an electoral commission that is instigating instability in the country, conniving with the ruling party. We cannot walk back at this stage. That would be irresponsible.”

A rule was introduced in January that says the winner of a presidential election cannot be sworn in if the vote is contested in a court, which has two weeks to decide on such a petition, according to CCTV-Africa.

“We will have to wait before I am sworn in because I am told some people have gone to court. The courts of law are our creature and so the courts should be given latitude to make decisions.” Said President Lungu to his supporters

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