Zambian police conduct mass arrests following disputed poll

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Zambian police have conducted mass arrests of protesters that were demonstrating against the re-election of President Edgar Lungu following last week’s poll.

The police arrested around 133 people, most of whom are believed to be  supporters of Lungu’s main opponent.

Lungu’s main challenger Hakainde Hichilema alleged that the poll was rigged, prompting his supporters to take to the streets to protests against the results.

Riots broke out in most parts of the Southern Province, including the popular tourists city of Livingstone.

Reuters reports the country’s police chief to say that the protesters were targeting perceived supporters of the ruling party, destroying their property.

Hichilema has expressed his intentions to lodge a legal challenge against the poll results, alleging widespread fraud.

President Lungu was declared winner of the elections with 50.35%, surpassing the 50% threshold required to avoid a run-off.

Hichilema garnered 47.67% of the vote.

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