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Zambian Elections - A Triumph!

The elections held on 23rd September 2011 were Zambia's fifth since the advent of multi-party democracy in 1991 when Kenneth Kuanda's United National Independence Party (UNIP) was ousted by the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD). After 20 years in power, the MMD listened to the people, bowed out and handed over the reins to new President Michael Chilufya Sata of the Patriotic Front (PF) - the 5th President of Zambia . Mr Sata        - the candidate of the Patriotic Front Party - was sworn in by the Chief Justice Ernest Sakala and handed the ceremonial presidential flag by Mr Rupiah Banda – outgoing President. Mr Sata, who had run for the presidency four times, was declared the winner with 43% of the vote.

In his farewell speech Mr Rupiah Banda said: "My generation, the generation of the independence struggle – must now give way to new ideas, ideas for the 21st century” Mr Banda was gracious in defeat and the elections were free and fair. The sight of outgoing President Rupiah Banda together with the First Republican President, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, accompanying the President Elect to the stand to be sworn in, surrounded by tens of thousands of cheering onlookers, was something to behold! Zambians are extremely proud that their country is a beacon of democracy and peace in an otherwise troubled world. “As a nation we thank the outgoing President and wish President Sata all the best in his new role.”Mr Banda said that after the inauguration ceremony, he would go home to spend time with his family.

Further Reading

Zambia Profile 23 SEPTEMBER 2011

Zambia swears in new President