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Zambia – Zambians to vote in tense polls as economy struggles (Al Jazeera)

Supporters of the ruling Patriotic Front of incumbent President Edgar Lungu gather during a campaign parade in Lusaka [Patrick Meinhardt / AFP]

Supporters of the ruling Patriotic Front of incumbent President Edgar Lungu gather during a campaign parade in Lusaka [Patrick Meinhardt / AFP]

Zambians will decide on Thursday whether to re-elect President Edgar Lungu after the country’s worst economic performance in decades and a crackdown on dissent that has raised fears of unrest.

His main rival, in what polls suggest is a close election race, is 59-year-old Hakainde Hichilema, making his sixth run for the presidency.

Zambians to vote in tense polls as economy struggles | Zambia News | Al Jazeera