Zambia elections: Zuma congratulates Edgar Lungu

2015-01-25 11:16

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President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Zambia’s new president-elect Edgar Lungu with a commitment that the two countries would work closely together, the department of international relations and co-operation said.

“In his message, President Zuma also congratulated the people of Zambia for conducting a peaceful, transparent, credible, free and fair election as declared by the [SA Development Community] Election Observation Mission,” department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement today.

Zuma said South Africa would focus on strengthening social and economic ties between the countries.

Associated Press reported that Lungu, the candidate for the Patriotic Front was declared the winner of Zambia’s presidential election yesterday with 48.3% of the vote.

Hakainde Hichilema of the opposition United Party for National Development came in second with 46.7%.

The election was held after president Michael Sata, who had formed the Patriotic Front, died in October.

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