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Zambia Votes After President’s Death Sparks Power Struggle

The Zambezian   in 
January 19, 2015

ZAMBIA – Zambians head to the polls on Tuesday in a special election to chose a new president for the copper-rich southern African nation and replace Michael Sata who died last year.

The contest is expected to be close between two frontrunners — Defence and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu, 58, and opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, 52.

The stakes are high for Lungu’s ruling Patriotic Front, which goes into the vote badly fractured by a bitter power struggle after Sata’s death in October, just three years into his five-year term.

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