Presidency of Edgar Lungu

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Edgar Lungu
Edgar Lungu.jpg
6th President of Zambia
Assumed office
25 January 2015
Vice PresidentInonge Wina
Preceded byGuy Scott (Acting President)
Personal details
Born (1956-11-11) 11 November 1956 (age 64)
Ndola, Northern Rhodesia
NationalityZambian
Political partyPatriotic Front
Spouse(s)Esther Lungu
Children6[1]
ProfessionLawyer
ReligionChristianity
Websitewww.edgar-lungu.com
Nickname(s)Ba Edigar[2]

The presidency of Edgar Lungu began at 10:00 CAT on January 25, 2015, when Lungu became the 6th President of Zambia his term was renewed after wining in the 2016 general elections. Lungu was a Defence Minister at the time of his victory over UPND Pres Hakainde Hichilema in the 2015 presidential election.[3][4]

First presidential term (2015-2016)

Lungu was sworn in as President of Zambia on 25 January 2015 at the National Heroes Stadium in the capital Lusaka.[5]

The following month, Lungu forced the head of the country's central bank out of office and promised lower interest rates. He appointed Inonge Wina as Zambia's first female Vice-President.[6]

In March 2015 Lungu collapsed while holding a speech commemorating International Women's Day in Lusaka. After spending a short while in a Zambian hospital he had an operation for his narrowed oesophagus in Pretoria, South Africa.[7][8]

Lungu commuted the death sentences of 332 prisoners to life in prison on 16 July 2015 and condemned the massive overcrowding at the Mukobeko prison, calling it "an affront to basic human dignity".[9]

In October 2015, Lungu ordered a national day of prayer in hopes of preventing further damage to the economy. Top religious and political officials participated, and other public events were cancelled.[10]

Second presidential term (2016-)

Lungu ran for reelection in the 2016 election, which turned out to be a rematch of the 2015 presidential election between him and Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development. Lungu won the election with 50.32% of the vote, thus avoiding a run-off and also increasing his margin of victory over Hichilema to 100.530 votes or 2.72%. Hichilema refused to concede defeat after the announcement of official results and filed a case before the Constitutional Court, asking for the results to be nullified due to irregularities. The court dismissed the case on 5 September 2016 and Lungu will be inaugurated for a full five-year term of office on 13 September.

Policies

Economy

Foreign policy

Elections

Lungu has taken part in two elections and has won all of them the 2015 presidential by-elections and the 2016 general elections.

2015 elections

2016 elections

See also

References

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  5. Matthew Hill, "Zambian Ruling Party's Edgar Lungu Inaugurated as President", Bloomberg, 25 January 2015.
  6. Matthew Hill,"Zambia Central Bank Chief Replaced as President Vows Lower Rates", Bloomberg, 13 February 2015.
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  9. "Zambian president gives death row inmates life sentences", Reuters, 16 July 2015.
  10. "‘God have mercy on currency’: Zambia holds national prayer day to hold Kwacha from record drop", RT, 18 October 2015.