Zambia has declared a period of national mourning following the death of the country’s fourth president, Rupiah Banda, at the age of 85.
Veteran Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema appears on the verge of clinching the country’s presidency, with a commanding lead in votes.
Supporters of Zambian opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema have begun celebrating as early election results show him leading in the tightly-fought, tense presidential race.
Zambia’s main opposition leader has warned the military deployed on the streets ahead of crucial elections Thursday against “aiding a particular party” and raised concern that the country could fall into chaos if the polls are “mismanaged.”
Zambia’s president Monday opened a sprawling new Chinese-funded and built terminal at the main airport in the capital, Lusaka, days before crucial polls, warning that election-related violence could shatter the stability of one of Africa’ most peaceful nations.