19 August 2021

Hakainde Hichilema wins Zambia Presidential Election.

Mr Hichilema defeated the incumbent, President Edgar Lungu, by a landslide - more than a million votes.

The 59-year-old Hichilema won with a landslide victory, winning 59.38% of the total vote. He will replace incumbent President Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front. 

It was Mr Hichilema's sixth attempt at winning the presidency. His supporters have been celebrating on the streets of the capital, Lusaka.

Mr Lungu has accepted defeat and congratulated Mr Hichilema.

In a speech on national TV, he said he was committed to a smooth transfer of power, which is expected in the coming days. However, he repeated his claims that the elections were not free and fair.

In his acceptance speech, President-elect Hichilema extended an olive branch to his predecessor.

In its final tally, the electoral commission said Mr Hichilema had won 2,810,777 votes to Mr Lungu's 1,814,201 in Thursday's election. There were seven million registered voters.

Last year, Zambia, Africa's second-biggest copper miner, produced a record output of the metal.

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