Zambians vote for new president | JamiiForums | The Home of Great Thinkers

Dismiss Notice
You are browsing this site as a guest. It takes 2 minutes to CREATE AN ACCOUNT and less than 1 minute to LOGIN

Zambians vote for new president

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Ab-Titchaz, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

    Oct 30, 2008
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Messages: 14,702
    Likes Received: 35
    Trophy Points: 135
    Zambians vote for new president


    Michael Sata is asking supporters to foil vote-rigging

    Zambians are going to the polls to elect a new president to replace Levy Mwanawasa, who died in August after suffering a stroke.

    The two main contenders in the poll are acting president Rupiah Banda and opposition leader Michael Sata.

    Police are on high alert for what is expected to be a close vote.

    The country's army commander, Gen Isaac Chisuzi, warned that anyone who tried to incite violence would be dealt with by the army.

    In their final rallies on Wednesday, both candidates named economic progress as their top goal.

    Mr Banda, a 71-year-old former diplomat who served as vice-president to Mr Mwanawasa, heads the governing Movement For Multi-Party Democracy.

    He promised to follow in the footsteps of the former leader.

    Mr Sata, who leads the opposition Patriotic Front, called on his supporters to sleep outside polling booths to prevent vote rigging.

    He has vowed to transform Zambia within 90 days of taking office by forcing foreign firms to hand over 25% stakes to local investors.

    There are two other candidates: Hakainde Hichilema, of the United Party for National Development and retired army general Godfrey Miyande, of the Heritage Party.

    The winner of the election will serve until 2011 - when Mr Mwanawasa's term would have ended.

    BBC NEWS | Africa | Zambians vote for new president
  2. Ben Saanane

    Ben Saanane Verified User

    Oct 30, 2008
    Joined: Jan 18, 2007
    Messages: 14,603
    Likes Received: 3,692
    Trophy Points: 280
    Michael Sata is a good challenger
  3. Ladslaus Modest

    Ladslaus Modest JF-Expert Member

    Oct 30, 2008
    Joined: Jun 27, 2008
    Messages: 638
    Likes Received: 4
    Trophy Points: 35
    I hope Mr. Rupiah Banda will win.
  4. K

    Koba JF-Expert Member

    Oct 30, 2008
    Joined: Jul 3, 2007
    Messages: 6,144
    Likes Received: 494
    Trophy Points: 180
    ..forcing 25% to locals? ...popular but very foolish idea!