Zambia voting for president amid unprecedented violence
10 August 2016, 16:38
Lusaka - Zambia, often praised for its democracy and healthy
economy, now faces a presidential election with high tensions on both fronts.
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.
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.
first time, a candidate must win more than 50% of the vote or face a runoff
of the electoral commission has called the violence ahead of this year's vote