After six shots at Zambia’s highest office, opposition candidate, Hakainde “HH” Hichilema, has been declared by the country’s electoral commission as the winner of Saturday’s presidential election in the southern African nation.
Mr Hichilema, a businessman, beat the incumbent President, Edgar Lungu, by more than a million votes in a spectacular landslide victory.
Mr Lungu, 64, had narrowly taken the office in 2015 by polling 48 per cent of the votes to defeat Mr Hichilema who had 46.7 per cent.
This weekend, however, the fortunes were reversed as the electoral commission said Mr Hichilema polled 2,810,777 votes to beat Mr Lungu who had 1,814,201 in an election with over seven million registered voters.
This means the president-elect won 57.9 per cent of the votes and Mr Lungu, 37.3 per cent.
“I therefore declare that the said Hichilema to be president of Zambia,” the country’s electoral commission chairman, Esau Chulu, announced at the results centre in the capital, Lusaka.