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Hichilema Says Pro-Business Policies Will Win Zambia Vote

  • Opposition leader looks to business to drive economic revival
  • Hichilema narrowly lost last year's elections to Edgar Lungu
Hakainde Hichilema.

Hakainde Hichilema.

Photographer: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images
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Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema says his “shamelessly” business-friendly policies will sweep him to power in August general elections in the southern African nation where economic growth almost halved last year.

Since he lost to President Edgar Lungu by less than 28,000 votes a year ago, inflation has soared to the highest in 12 years, mining companies including the local units of Glencore Plc and Vedanta Resources Plc have cut more than 10,000 jobs, while blackouts and falling metal prices have lowered output in Africa’s second-biggest copper producer.