Hichilema to Challenge Lungu in Zambia’s Presidential Election

Hakainde Hichilema, the leader of Zambia’s opposition United Party for National Development, registered on Friday to challenge incumbent Edgar Lungu in presidential elections due in August.

Hichilema, 53, chose Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, a former defense minister who defected from the ruling Patriotic Front, as his running mate.

Lungu, 59, has led Zambia, Africa’s second-biggest copper producer, since narrowly winning a snap election in January 2015 after Michael Sata died in office. He filed his nomination for the Aug. 11 vote on Thursday.

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