Zambia’s President Lungu To Be Inaugurated As Opposition’s Petition Fails


The swearing-in of Edgar Lungu as the president of Zambia will carry on, following the failure of the opposition to meet a deadline in their challenge against the re-election of president Lungu.

The end of the vote-counting process revealed that President Lungu will continue his reign as president of Zambia. However, opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) challenged the result, citing irregularities during the vote-counting process. As a result, he filed a petition in the supreme court stating that the election was rigged and should be annulled.

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However, Hakainde Hichilema failed to meet a deadline by which he was supposed to have presented evidence against President Edgar Lungu’s win. Hence the swearing-in of President Lungu will carry on.

“There is no petition to be heard before this court,” Judge Annie Sitali said when Hakainde’s 14-day deadline had expired.

The opposition has not released an immediate comment on the court ruling.

President Lungu’s inauguration was previously postponed due to a law which was introduced in January. The rule hinders the winner of an election from being sworn-in if the result is being challenged in court. Hence Lungu’s inauguration which was supposed to hold on August 23 had to be postponed.

According to cabinet secretary Roland Msiska, the presidential inauguration will hold on Tuesday, September 13 at the National Heroes stadium, Lusaka, Zambia’s capital.

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Lungu won the election by 50.35 percent, a close win against Hichilema who garnered 47.67% of the votes. The result made him the undisputed winner, as he only needed at least, a 50 percent vote in order to win. He has been the leader of the southern African country since 2014 when former president Michael Sata died.