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Zambia Opposition Leader Rejects President’s Election Victory

  • Hakainde Hichilema says the Aug. 11 election was ‘stolen’
  • Zambian people need to ‘protect your constitution’: Hichilema

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema said he doesn’t recognize his election loss to President Edgar Lungu, saying the vote was “stolen,” and urged the public to “fight to restore your democracy.”

“Now the people of Zambia should take over this fight to protect your constitution,” Hichilema told reporters Friday in the capital, Lusaka. “From today, I am declaring, we’re not just politicians, we are also freedom fighters.”