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AU hails Zambia’s election, congratulating president-elect Hichilema

ADDIS ABABA, (The Southern African Times) – The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has warmly congratulated Hakainde Hichilema on his election as president of Zambia.

Beating incumbent President Edgar Lungu, Zambia’s opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was declared early Monday by the Electoral Commission of Zambia, the country’s electoral body, winner of the presidential election held on Aug. 12.

Hailing the election as a success, the Chairperson of the AU Commission in a statement Tuesday commended the outgoing President Edgar Lungu for demonstrating strong leadership and statesmanship through his gracious acceptance of the outcome of the elections.

While congratulating the Electoral Commission of Zambia and all national stakeholders for their collective efforts in the exemplary conduct of peaceful, free and fair elections, and praising Ernest Bai Koroma, former president of Sierra Leone, for his leadership of the AU Election Observation Mission to Zambia, Mahamat has expressed AU’s continued support to Zambia in its journey to deepen the country’s democratic and participative governance credentials.

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