Zambia Leader Says Ministers to Remain After Parliament Adjourns

Zambia’s cabinet ministers will remain in their jobs after parliament is dissolved Wednesday in preparation for general elections in August unless a court rules otherwise, President Edgar Lungu said.

“This matter is going to become a court issue. I’d rather the courts determine” the issue, Lungu said Wednesday in remarks broadcast by state-owned ZNBC radio. “But for now, cabinet will remain.”

Under the southern African nation’s constitution, cabinet members cease to qualify as ministers once parliament is dissolved because they’re no longer serving lawmakers, Q-FM radio, based in the capital, Lusaka, cited Law Association of Zambia President Linda Kasonde as saying. The constitution, amended in January, calls for the dissolution of parliament 90 days before general elections, which are scheduled for Aug. 11.

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