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Defence minister wins Zambia poll

Zambia's defence minister Edgar Lungu has won the country's presidential election, in a victory for the ruling party, the Patriotic Front.

Acting chief justice Lombe Chibesakunda said Mr Lungu had received 48.3% of the vote after all 150 constituencies in the southern African nation were counted.

Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development came in second with 46.7% of the poll.

Zambians voted on Tuesday, and the polls were extended by an extra day, due to heavy rain in certain areas.

The election was held to replace President Michael Sata, who died in October after a long illness. Mr Lungu will serve out Mr Sata's term until elections next year.

Mr Lungu, who also heads Zambia's justice ministry, said he wants to complete economic development projects initiated by Mr Sata.


From Belfast Telegraph