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Zambia’s new prez Lungu sworn in

Zambia’s new President Edgar Lungu was sworn in on Sunday to become the country’s sixth president after narrowly winning a vote rejected by the opposition.

Lungu placed his hand on a bible to pledge allegiance to the people of Zambia in front of thousands of jubilant supporters, regional heads of state and diplomats.

The 58-year-old former defence minister from the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) was declared the winner yesterday of an election to replace the late Michael Sata, who died in office in October. He takes over the remainder of Sata’s term until a general election scheduled for September 2016. Lungu began his inaugural speech by saluting his predecessor, Sata, adding that he was “humbled to be trusted by the people of Zambia” to hold his position.


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