Zambia’s Lungu set to be sworn in after opposition miss deadline for election challenge

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President Edgar Lungu is set to be sworn into office for a new five-year-term next week after the country’s opposition missed the deadline to challenge his re-election.

Oppposition leader Hakainde Hichilema last month filed an election petition in the country’s constitutional court, saying the August 11 vote was rigged, and that Lungu’s victory should be annulled.

Hichilema however missed the deadline to present evidence to back up his claims, and the court on Monday ruled not to extend the deadline.

“We wish to put it on record that we have not lost an election, neither have we lost the petition which was before the Constitutional Court,” the opposition UPND party said in a statement.

“We have rejected the court ruling in that the judgment was passed on an application from the respondents without allowing us to respond,” it said, without outlining its next move.

President Lungu was declared winner with 50.35 percent of the vote.

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