Zambian president-elect Hakainde Hichilema on Monday slammed the southern African nation’s outgoing “brutal regime” whereas promising a “better democracy” in his debut address to the nation, hours after winning the tip job in a landslide.
Talking rapidly after his predecessor Edgar Lungu conceded defeat, the industry magnate and worn opposition leader said his camp had been victims of a “brutal regime that is exiting”.
After a advertising and marketing campaign dominated by the nation’s economic woes and marred by sporadic violence, Hichilema garnered 2,810,757 votes in opposition to 1,814,201 for the incumbent Lungu in Thursday’s election, consistent with almost about outcome.
In a nationally televised address, Lungu thanked Zambians for “a tall opportunity to be your president. I will forever like and like the authority you invested in me.”
Hichilema, 59, pledged: “We can foster a bigger democracy… rule of regulation, restoring notify, respecting human rights, liberties and freedoms.”
A total bunch of supporters had gathered on the grime avenue main as a lot as Hichilema’s sumptuous position in a leafy suburb of Lusaka, and so they shouted “Bally, Bally” (slang for “father”) as he began to talk about.
Recalling that he had been arrested 15 occasions, Hichilema said: “We are no longer going into place of job to arrest of us that arrested us.”
It develop into Hichilema’s sixth explain for the tip job and his third reveal to his bitter rival Lungu, 64, after losing to Lungu by a wafer-skinny 100,000-vote margin in 2016.
Hundreds of supporters flocked onto the streets of Lusaka, erupting into song and dance, cheering and waving birthday party flags.
At a hotel breakfast room early Monday, a waiter had swapped his long-established gloomy tie for a knowing red one.
On Saturday, as ballots had been being counted, Lungu cried despicable, but his objections received runt traction.
But they also criticised restrictions on freedom of meeting and crawl in the route of campaigning.
Lungu deployed the army following pre-election clashes and reinforced the army presence in three provinces after two deaths had been reported on election day.
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Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi said the vote equipped “crucial lessons for the blueprint and the African continent at astronomical.”
Despite occasional episodes of political violence, Zambia has earned a recognition for balance. Every transition of power has been nonetheless for the reason that ragged British colony adopted its multi-birthday party machine in 1990.
Hichilema’s high task on going on of job will be to care for an economy wracked by excessive debt, inflation and unemployment.