Today Edgar Lungu became Zambia’s sixth president. The inauguration ceremony was held at the Heroes National Stadium in Lusaka.
The Zambian presidential election of 2015 was held on 20 January 2015, following the death of incumbent President Michael Sata. The elected President will serve the remainder of Sata’s five-year term until the next general election in 2016.
According to the Electorial Commission of Zambia, Edgar Lungu won by a narrow majority of just 27,757 votes (1.66%) against the main opposition candidate, Hakainde Hichilema. Mr. Hichilema has stated that the election results doesn’t represent the will of the people due to irregularities in the counting process and violence against his supporters. However, the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) has declared the elections to have been peaceful, transparent, fair and free.
The stadium was filled with Lungu supporters today, naturally in a happy mood.
Here’s more about the Zambian presidential election of 2015