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Zambia goes to polls to elect next president after hard-fought campaign

Despite a struggling economy and broken promises, voter turnout may end up being the real story, says The Daily Maverick

Zambians are going to the polls on Thursday to choose their next president after an election campaign marred by violence and press blackouts, and against a backdrop of a tanking economy.

The candidates are the current president, Edgar Lungu, of the Patriotic Front (PF), who won an emergency election in 2015 by just 27,000 votes; and the businessman Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND), who is challenging for the presidency for the fifth time.

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