Zambia: New president Lungu faces power supply crunch

Issue 293 - 29 Jan 2015 | 2 minute read

Ruling Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Edgar Lungu has won the 20 January presidential election that followed the death of former leader Michael Sata. On a turnout of just 32%, Lungu narrowly beat rival Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND), taking 48.3% of the vote to Hichilema’s 46.7%. The former defence and justice minister has pledged to continue the development projects that began under his predecessor, with the power sector to remain a critical component of the government’s development plan.

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