Zambia president backs call for return to civilian rule in Guinea

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Hakainde Hichilema waves at his supporters after casting a vote at a polling station in Lusaka, Zambia, Aug. 12, 2021. Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has emerged as the winner in the Aug. 12 presidential election, beating incumbent President Edgar Lungu. Hichilema managed to pass the 50 percent-plus-one requirement for a presidential winner with 2,810,757 of the votes while Lungu got 1,814,201. (Photo by Martin Mbangweta/Xinhua)
Hakainde Hichilema waves at his supporters after casting a vote at a polling station in Lusaka, Zambia, Aug. 12, 2021. Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has emerged as the winner in the Aug. 12 presidential election, beating incumbent President Edgar Lungu. Hichilema managed to pass the 50 percent-plus-one requirement for a presidential winner with 2,810,757 of the votes while Lungu got 1,814,201. (Photo by Martin Mbangweta/Xinhua)

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema on Friday backed calls for a return to civilian rule in Guinea following the unconstitutional takeover of power by the military.

Hichilema said Zambia does not support any form of unconstitutional change of government, according to a release from his office.

He further committed Zambia’s solidarity with regional, continental and international bodies calling for the restoration of democracy and constitutional order in the West African nation.

The military seized power in Guinea on Sept. 5 and captured President Alpha Conde. Mamady Doumbouya, a lieutenant colonel, announced then that his forces had dissolved the government and national institutions. Enditem

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