Wind of Change sweeps Zambia
Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has secured a stunning landslide victory over incumbent Edgar Lungu in Zambia’s presidential election.
In its final tally, the electoral commission said Mr. Hichilema had won 2,810,777 votes against Mr. Lungu’s 1,814,201 in Thursday’s election. There were seven million registered voters.
The landslide win means Mr. Hichilema will not have to fight the dreaded run-off contest.
Mr. Lungu’s six-year rule was widely criticized for alleged human rights abuses, corruption, a failing economy, massive unemployment, and ballooning national debt.
Mr. Hichilema, 59, tapped into the widespread dissatisfaction among voters especially the unemployed youth, and poor development records especially in the ruling party’s strongholds that brought them to power.
Celebrations broke in various parts of the country on Sunday and continued until sunrise as Zambia was painted red by supporters of Hakainde Hichilema.
“We want jobs, young people want jobs,” chanted throngs of people as they filled the streets of the capital shortly after Mr. Hichilema was declared the seventh president of this copper-rich nation.
Hichilema, a former CEO at an accounting firm before entering politics, now faces the task of trying to revive Zambia’s fortunes.
If Lungu wants election results nullified, he must approach the Constitutional Court within seven days to lodge a complaint after a winner is declared.