Zambia voting for president amid unprecedented violence

2016-08-10 13:33
iStock

iStock

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Lusaka - Zambia, often praised for its democracy and healthy economy, now faces a presidential election with high tensions on both fronts.

The country votes on Thursday amid concerns about political violence and local media restrictions, as well as economic problems caused by the drop in the price of its main export, copper.

Candidates include President Edgar Lungu, who has been in office for just a year and a half, and businessman Hakainde Hichilema of the opposition United Party for National Development. Lungu took office in January 2015 after the death of President Michael Sata.

For the first time, a candidate must win more than 50% of the vote or face a runoff election.

The head of the electoral commission has called the violence ahead of this year's vote unprecedented.

Read more on:    zambia  |  zambia elections 2016
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.