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Voting Extended in Zambian Election, Scattered Violence in Capital

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 2:53 pm (UTC-5)
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Zambian authorities have extended voting hours at some polling stations in what is expected to be a close presidential election between incumbent Rupiah Banda and opposition leader Michael Sata. Election officials said polling stations that opened behind schedule Tuesday because of late deliveries of election materials would have their hours extended to make up for […]

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Voting Underway in Zambian Presidential Election Rematch

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 9:18 am (UTC-5)
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Zambians are voting Tuesday in what is expected to be a close presidential election rematch between incumbent Rupiah Banda and opposition leader Michael Sata. President Banda hopes to ride a wave of recent economic success to defeat Mr. Sata, a nationalist leader nicknamed “King Cobra” who heads the main opposition party, Patriotic Front. With voting […]

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China Denies Interference in Zambian Election

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Elections Tuesday in Zambia are being closely watched in China, which has a large stake in the outcome. Beijing has rapidly growing trade and investments in Zambia, and last month made it the first African nation where the Bank of China offers services in the Chinese currency, the yuan. But Zambia’s China-friendly president, Rupiah Banda, […]

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Voting Underway in Zambian Presidential Election Rematch

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 1:24 am (UTC-5)
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Zambians are heading to the polls on Tuesday in what is expected to be a close presidential election rematch between incumbent Rupiah Banda and opposition leader Michael Sata. President Banda hopes to ride a wave of recent economic success to defeat Mr. Sata, a passionate nationalist leader – nicknamed “King Cobra” – who heads Zambia’s […]

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Zambians Prepare for Tuesday’s National Elections

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 7:01 pm (UTC-5)
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Zambians are preparing to cast ballots in a presidential election rematch between incumbent Rupiah Banda and opposition leader Michael Sata. Electoral commission spokesman Chris Akafuna told VOA Monday the commission has done everything it can to ensure the more than 6,000 polling stations will be stocked with materials, personnel and what he called “the most […]

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US Issues Travel Warning for Zambia Ahead of Elections

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is urging its citizens to take precautions when traveling to Zambia ahead of next month’s national and local elections, saying there is a potential for unrest. The U.S. State Department Thursday urged Americans traveling to Zambia during or immediately following the September 20 elections to monitor local news, assess travel routes when […]

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Zambia’s President Sets Election for Septemer 20

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Zambia’s President Rupiah Banda has set national and local elections for September 20, and will seek his first full term in office. Mr. Banda has also dissolved parliament and his Cabinet as required by law when new polls are announced. During a nationwide address, Mr. Banda said he and the vice president will carry out […]

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Ex-Zambian President Chiluba Dies

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba died early Saturday at his home in Lusaka. He was 68-years old. Mr. Chiluba’s spokesman, Emmanuel Mwamba, said the country’s first democratically elected leader suffered a heart attack after spending most of Friday with members of parliment and his lawyers. Mwamba said Mr. Chiluba became ill Friday evening and died […]

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Ex-Zambian President Chiluba Dies

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Zambian spokesman says Frederick Chiluba, the country’s first democratically elected president, died at his home Saturday. He was 68. His spokesman says he had been suffering from heart and kidney problems. Mr. Chiluba led Zambia from 1991 to 2002. The son of a copper miner and former union leader, Mr. Chiluba took office after […]

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US Secretary of State Promotes American Investment in Zambia

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging American companies to invest in Zambia, citing its 11 years of economic growth. Secretary Clinton’s comment came Saturday during a forum with U.S. and Zambian business leaders in the capital, Lusaka. She said the U.S. wants a relationship of partnership, not patronage; of sustainability, not quick fixes. […]

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