It’s Edgar!

home affairs minister Edgar Lungu

home affairs minister Edgar Lungu

EDGAR Lungu, the Patriotic Front leader, is Zambia’s sixth Republican President. He is 58.

Mr Lungu beat his closest by  more than 27,000 votes after he polled 807,925 while UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema got 780,168 ballots.

The presidentail election was the closest contest in Zambia’s history which saw mr Lungu declared zambia’s sixth President with only 27000 votes.

Honking and hooting across the country characterised Mr Lungu’s election and PF cadres took their victory to State Jouse where they chanted their welcome slogans along Independence Avenue.

Mr Lungu whose is married to Esther has become head of State after beating 10 other candidates in Tuesday’s Presidential poll.

The Tuesday’s election came following the death of President Michael Sata on October 28 last year in London.

Zambia’s laws prescribe 90 days within which to hold a Presidential election after the death of an incumbent.

Mr Lungu is a lawyer by profession and prior to his election as sixth President of Zambia, he was in the Michael Sata administration as Minister of Defence and Justice.

At Patriotic Front party level, Mr Lungu was first chairperson of the disciplinary committee before landing the position of Secretary General after Mr Wynter Kabimba was fired.

After the death of President Sata, Mr Lungu contested the party leadership at Mulungushi Rock of Authority in Kabwe and emerged victorious.

In the Presidential election, Mr Lungu was closely followed by Mr Hakainde Hichilema of the UPND.

ECZ chairperson Justice Ireen Mambilima announced the election results while acting Chief Justice lombe Chibesakunda declared Mr Lungu as duly elected  President.

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