15, August 2016
Zambian President Edgar Lungu has been declared as the winner of a closely-fought re-election contest in the South African country, amid vote fraud allegations made by the main opposition party.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia made the announcement on Monday, saying Lungu garnered 1,860,877 votes or 50.35 percent of the votes while his main rival and opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, of the United Party for National Development (UPND), received 1,760,347 votes.
Following the announcement of the result, hundreds of Lungu’s supporters, mostly young people, took to the streets, chanting slogans and singing in celebration.
“I’m happy that Edgar Lungu can continue to be president because I see a good future with him. I want him to create jobs for young people,” said a 15-year-old reveler.