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H.E. the President departs for Zambia to attend Inauguration

H.E. the President, Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, departed for Zambia this morning to attend the country’s Presidential inauguration ceremony today.

Last night the Election Commission of Zambia (ECZ) confirmed Michael Sata as Zambian President-Elect. Mr. Sata, is the leader of the Patriotic Front (PF) party.  He defeated incumbent President Rupiah Banda of the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) party.

According to the ECZ, Mr. Sata garnered 1,150,045 votes, or 43 percent of the vote, while the leader of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) and incumbent President Rupiah Bwezani Banda got 961,796 votes, or 36 percent of the vote.

The votes have not yet been counted in seven of the country's 150 constituencies, but they won't alter the final outcome, the ECZ said.

President Elect Sata will be sworn in by Zambia’s Chief Justice Ernest Sakala who last night confirmed the ECZ results.

The Director of Elections Priscilla Isaacs said the ECZ met its target of releasing the final results of the vote within the 48-hour deadline it set for itself, noting:

“For President Sata, he got 1,150,000,045 votes and the runner-up, the former President Rupiah Banda, got 961,796, and then Hichilema of UPND got 489,944 votes. Mr. Michael Sata has already been declared president by the Chief Justice, who is also the returning officer for the presidential election, and the inauguration is going to take place today, because our law provides that, once the results are declared for a presidential election, the presidential should be sworn-in no later than 24 hours after the declaration.”


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