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Zambians to vote in general elections

Zambians to vote in general elections

Lusaka, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) More than seven million Zambians might participate on Thursday in the third general elections since 2015, n which President Edgar Lungu will seek reelection.
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In the last days of the election campaign, 16 candidates toured their territorial bases to get support from local residents. Only two candidates are likely to win: Lungu, from the Patriotic Front (PF), and opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema, from the United Party for National Development (UPND).

Since July, several predictions based on polls have favored the president, although his critics described the methods used to obtain the data as inaccurate and other studies indicated a decline in popular support for the PF in recent years.

For his part, Hichilema, an economist and businessman who has lost the elections since 2006, goes to the voting with the criterion that the challenges faced by the country, such as the foreign debt and the fall in the global market price for copper, which is of vital importance for the Zambia, will polarize voters in his favor.

Since his victory in August 2016, which gave way to his second term, President Edgar Lungu has boosted investment in infrastructure: hospitals and schools were built, and many roads were repaired, but all this increased the foreign debt of more than 12,000 billion dollars.

The president promised that if he is reelected, he will dedicate his next term to revive the local industries and reduce unemployment in Zambia.


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