Zambians cheer inauguration of new leader Hakainde Hichilema
HARARE: Zambia’s new president, longtime opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, has been sworn into power, raising hopes in the southern African country that in recent years has swung from prosperity and stability to massive debt, recession and repression. “It’s a new dawn. Time has come for all Zambians to be truly free,” he said to a cheering crowd. Hichilema vowed to deliver a “united, prosperous and equitable Zambia.”
The 59-year-old convincingly won the tense, sometimes violent Aug. 12 elections by getting more than 2.8 million votes to outgoing president Edgar Lungu’s 1.8 million votes, achieving one of the biggest electoral wins in Zambia’s history. – AP