Thursday, 28 July 2011

Zambian election set for Sept. 20

Zambian President Rupiah Banda dissolved parliament on Thursday and set September 20 as the date for new elections in Africa's biggest copper producer.

"I've consulted with the Electoral Commission of Zambia and I am informed that most of the logistics for holding the elections are now in place," Banda said in a speech broadcast on state media.

Banda's Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) is expected to win the election on the back of the southern African country's strong economic growth and the recent collapse of an alliance between the two main opposition parties.

Patriotic Front leader Michael Sata, a gruff populist who has been fiercely critical of Asian investment in the mining sector, gave Banda a close run. Read more...

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