Zambia’s Edgar Lungu will be sworn in for another five-year term next week after the country’s High Court rejected an application by the main opposition party to block his inauguration following last month’s vote.
Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema filed a petition to overturn a Constitutional Court decision not to give him more time to legally challenge Lungu’s election.
Hichilema claims the August 11 vote was rigged, a charge Lungu has denied.
“The court has refused to block the inauguration. The High Court has no power to block a decision of a higher court,” Lungu’s lawyer Tutwa Ngulube told reporters.
Hichilema’s lawyer Keith Mweemba said the UPND would pursue the case in the Supreme Court.