Dlamini-Zuma congratulates Zambia after polls

2015-01-25 14:06
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (File: AFP)

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (File: AFP)

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Johannesburg – The African Union commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Sunday congratulated Zambia for holding successful elections, which set an example for the rest of the continent.

"The chairperson is gratified with this violence-free election in Zambia, which sets the pace for the remaining 17 elections planned to take place on our continent in 2015," her spokesperson Jacob Enoh Eben said in a statement.

"The chairperson congratulates the Zambian Independent Electoral Commission for conducting this peaceful poll..."

Edgar Lungu was elected president of Zambia on Saturday.

Dlamini-Zuma congratulated Lungu on his election.

Associated Press reported that Lungu, the candidate for the Patriotic Front was declared the winner of Zambia's presidential election on Saturday 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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