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Zambia’s president-elect takes office, boosting democracy in the country

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Hakainde Hichilema, Zambia’s newly elected president, assumes office on Tuesday following a landslide election victory hailed as a remarkable victory over authoritarianism and a major milestone in African democracy.

Hichilema, 59, will take the oath of office before a crowd that will notably include opposition politicians from regional countries as well as current and former African leaders.

Zambia's president-elect takes office, boosting democracy in the country

Zambia’s president-elect takes office, boosting democracy in the country

On his sixth bid for the presidency, Hichilema defeated the incumbent Edgar Lungu, 64, by almost one million votes – a landslide spurred by economic hardship and restricted freedoms under the previous regime.



The victory is the 17th opposition win in sub-Saharan since 2015.

It occurred despite restricted campaigning and suspected rigging in favor of Lungu’s party.

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