Zambian leader seeks opposition alliance to win polls

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has revealed that he has instituted discussions with one of the country's opposition political parties for a possible alliance ahead of general elections scheduled for August this year, state media reported on Wednesday.

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

The Zambian leader said he has instituted discussions with the former governing party, the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), for an alliance due to the 50 percent plus one requirement for a presidential winner according to the new amended constitution, the Zambia Daily Mail reported.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Lungu admitted that no single political party could win the election without seeking for an alliance with other parties in view of the 50 percent plus one requirement.

The Zambian leader revealed that he called Nevers Mumba, leader of the opposition party, on the possibility of working together ahead of the August 11 general elections.

The Zambian leader however called on his supporters to embrace new members joining the party if the party was to win with a majority vote during the elections, adding that it would be costly to go for a re-run in case no candidate manages to get 50 percent plus one votes.

But the opposition leader, who is also Zambia’s former vice-president, said recently that his party has no desire to enter into a political alliance with any party ahead of the elections.

Earlier this month, the Zambian leader signed the country’s amended constitution which has new clauses including the 50 percent plus one requirement for a presidential winner. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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