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Lungu’s removal from the party causes turbulence in Zambia

Edgar Lungu, the General Secretary of the ruling Patriotic Front Party in Zambia has been removed from his post by the now acting interim President Mr. Guy Scott. This has not been taken well by the people of the country. Protestors came down in the streets leading to riots in the Zambian capital of Lusaka. Police intervened with tear gas in the Belvedere Lodge to get rid of them.

The sudden death of the late President Michael Sata has created some unrest as to who will succeed him. The contenders were former justice minister Wynter Kabimba, finance minister Alexander Chikwanda, Sata’s son and mayor of Lusaka, Mulenga and the recently overthrown Edgar Lungu.

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Lungu was expected to win the elections. It is a rule to hold the elections within 90 days after the death of the President in Zambia. Lungu had previously taken over as ‘acting President’ multiple times last year when Sata was there. Hence he was expected to take over the rule in the coming elections.

Mr. Scott is already barred from the elections since his parents are not of the country origin. There was no reason given by him for removal of Lungu. However the protests and march clearly show what the people prefer for their country now in Zambia.

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