Zambia has entered a new era.
The country president, Edgar Lungu, has conceded defeat on Monday after a landslide election win by opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema. This milestone marks the country’s third peaceful handover of power to an opposition party.
Per Reuters, Hichilema won 2,810,777 votes against Lungu’s 1,814,201, prompting the electoral commission to declare him the next president.
Conceding defeat, Lungu, 64, said in a short televised address to the nation: “I will comply with the constitutional provisions for a peaceful transition of power. I would therefore like to congratulate my brother, the president-elect, His Excellency Mr Hakainde Hichilema.”
The report continued:
Power has switched from a ruling party to the opposition twice before since independence from Britain in 1964. The latest shift strengthens Zambia’s democratic credentials and sets an example on a continent with a patchy history of peaceful change.
See what folks think about this update on Twitter:
Incumbent President Edgar Lungu live on state TV conceding defeat and “congratulating my brother, the president elect Hakainde Hichilema” pic.twitter.com/wAeSL51WCE
— Nomsa Maseko (@nomsa_maseko) August 16, 2021
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